By evaluating computer and clay bus models, IC Bus’ 500 dedicated engineers are able to assess their designs before they’re built, which gives more opportunity to optimize passenger and driver usability.
IC Bus has always been ahead of the curve in testing and innovation. We have dedicated engineering teams that specialize in specific areas like ergonomics, aerodynamics, fuel economy and more, so that our designs optimize usability and push the industry forward. Our 180 years of experience in the truck business have helped us gain an expertise in vehicle design that we are able to leverage for our bus products as well. Our companies learn, test and build together so that we can gain experience and knowledge across the board.
The company has been using clay models since the 1920s in what remains the best and most cost-efficient method to test and tweak vehicle designs. In more recent years, it has integrated digital testing to more precisely map out the lines and dimensions of clay models using laser scanners. Digital models allow engineers to make multiple design iterations and evaluate their products in the most efficient way, which means better designs for their customers.
Armed with even newer technological assets, like the 47-foot-high, 15-foot-wide “Power Wall,” the design team can assess models through up-close examination that allows them to find and correct problems quickly. It is this type of advanced and innovative examination that creates products that race from sketch stage to digital sculpting to the market faster than ever.
Depending on the breadth of the program, these innovations have saved thousands of hours by finding and correcting problems and perfecting the best products possible for our customers.