Bus Seating System: The Future Looks Promising
“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation” – Gustavo Petro
It is difficult to convince people to use public transportation. They always ask questions about the condition of public transportation. On the other hand, the car industry is rocketing with new innovations and technology. The glamour and style have turned consumers crazy. You see new specs and you feel awe. We dream of having such four-wheeler in our backyard. But then the dream is not reality. You have to opt for public transportation to commute in peak hours.
Bus transit is a popular option for intracity as well as intercity travel. People prefer travelling in the buses for the shorter distance. The experience they get in their first journey often decides whether they’ll prefer travelling again or not. The user experience should be and must be given the utmost importance. We believe seating has a key role to play in customer experience. Seating design has improved a lot over the years. With technology taking a front seat we’ll see innovations happening in bus seating also.
Pushback Seats are preferred in bus coaches. Recliner seats help in a comfortable journey for the user. For long hour travels you need relaxing seats. A good sleep on seating chair without single muscle complaining is a dream. But it is the future. You’ll get calf support, additional neck & head support. For your entertainment, there will be tabs and free wi-fi to you. The ergonomics will be much improved and the user will experience real comfort.
The daily commute in cities can be hectic. The travel period in peak hours is not at all enjoyable. Seating in the city transit has an altogether different perspective. Seat size is small. They occupy lesser space in order to carry more no. of passengers. Seating order can be changed in a city bus to occupy more people. Rather than having row by row seating, horizontal seating i.e. one used in metros; will make city bus more spacious. This seating will allow more no. of passengers on the bus.
The school bus has emerged as a special category in bus transit. The industry has developed dedicated bus models which fulfil all the necessary requirement. Seating in school buses have been talking point lately. Safety is key for children. The seatbelt will soon become mandatory in school buses. Audio, Video mode of communication will be enabled in future. Soon, AI and IoT will be introduced and live tracking of a bus will be possible. There are new concepts like foldable chairs in school buses to enable free space for kids to enjoy.
The driver seat in a bus will be a key aspect in future. It is a least talked point till now. We have to think about the driver’s comfort and ease. He’s carrying the load of 40+ people with him. We can design a flexible recliner seat with neck and back support. In the near future, the seat will be integrated with memory features and remote control. Bus seating industry is emerging and evolving. It will be a key part of the development of public transportation. Top bus manufacturers will soon realize this and the seating will surely get the limelight it deserves.