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Comprehensive support for bus operation safety

The role safety plays for bus operators

The role safety plays for bus operators

Bus operators work in a highly challenging environment. They are not only responsible for the bus drivers they employ, but also for their passengers. Vehicle faults or driving errors may have serious consequences. An unsuitable or dangerous driving style can lead to accidents that may cause life threatening situations for drivers, passengers and other road users. Carelessness in road traffic does not only endanger lives but also causes enormous property damage. Technical vehicle faults carry the same risks. Worn brake linings or defective car lights can cause dangerous accidents and should be prevented proactively. Once a bus fleet reaches a certain size, maintaining a good overview of the technical condition of each individual bus and ensuring compliance with all required bus driver safety standards becomes more and more difficult. Time and cost intensive monitoring at regular intervals becomes a necessity. This is where modern technology programs can be a real asset. They can be used to not only monitor and optimize but actually guarantee bus operation safety on a permanent basis.

Innovative concepts to support safety in your bus company

Innovative concepts to support safety in your bus company

ZF Bus Connect offers you innovative apps that perform vehicle safety checks and monitor the bus driver's driving style at regular intervals. These apps enable you to ...
  • optimize safety standards
  • detect and improve an unsuitable driving style
  • reduce maintenance costs
  • minimize fuel consumption
  • increase passenger comfort
  • organize training courses for safety and driving style improvement
  • detect and repair technical faults on the vehicle early on
The following two apps are available to you to enhance bus operation safety, offering you a variety of comprehensive functions:

Profi Driver App

Profi Driver App

This app monitors driving behavior and alerts the bus driver in the event of inappropriate and risky driving, e.g., excessively fast braking or excessive speed. Via a tablet, an on-board computer or a simple electronic device, the "Driver Feedback" can be transmitted directly to the bus driver, preventing accidents and enhancing bus operation safety. Based on a grading system, the driver regularly receives scoring reports that assess his driving behavior. The necessary information always reaches the driver in good time. The system also develops with driver behavior, without requiring any settings to be made or changed.

Vehicle Inspector App

Vehicle Inspector App

The Vehicle Inspector provides a live overview of the technical condition of the vehicles in the fleet. In the event of faults and brake problems on a certain axle or on a specific wheel, the app will issue a corresponding warning. Its extra features for more bus operation safety include technical insights into DM1 faults, telltales and information on brake linings. Based on an analysis of the remaining brake linings and a DM1 diagnosis of active fault codes in the vehicles, this app transmits live statistics and issues warning messages for electric and diesel vehicles in the fleet. The app contains all essential fleet KPIs with regard to alerts and warnings.

The data provided by the Vehicle Inspector App for electric vehicles includes:
  • List of vehicles
  • Last contact
  • SOC
  • SOH
  • Battery voltage and power
  • Mileage
The feature for diesel vehicles communicates the following information:
  • List of vehicles
  • Last contact
  • Fuel level
  • AdBlue
  • Engine speed
  • Coolant temperature
  • Oil pressure
The modern fleet management tool ZF Bus Connect offers you the comfort of an overview of the safety status of each individual vehicle in your company fleet.

FAQ regarding bus operation safety

Does ZF Bus Connect also work with electric vehicles?

ZF Bus Connect has been developed for city buses and coaches with electric, hybrid or combustion engine drives. The application provides extensive support in many different areas of e-mobility. ZF Bus Connect is great for obtaining the diagnosis data required for the maintenance, safety and operation of electric buses. Thanks to all of the above, it also ensures bus operation safety for electric buses.

What other benefits, apart from enhanced bus operation safety, does ZF Bus Connect have to offer?

In addition to bus operation safety, ZF Bus Connect also increases operating times and energy efficiency. It helps optimize timetables and route planning, thereby improving fuel and energy consumption. Preventive checks for damage and wear on the vehicle also minimize the downtimes of the individual devices.

What are the key factors for bus operation safety?

First and foremost, the vehicle has to be fully functional and the driver's ability to drive must be guaranteed. But optimum control over, and coordination of, these two basic elements also contribute to increasing bus operation safety. ZF Bus Connect ensures this coordination and connects all the individual elements.