IC Bus took 36 different body measurements from 1,500 bus drivers and conducted a video analysis of drivers’ motions, ensuring that our driver’s seat is specifically designed to address real-driver body types, needs and actions.
At IC Bus, we understand that a comfortable driver is a safe driver. That's why we took 36 different body measurements of 1,500 bus drivers in order to fully understand what our drivers look like, how they behave, and what they need to maximize their performance in transporting the kids who depend on them. While our competitors look at the general population when designing their cockpits, IC Bus went out to find real bus drivers in an effort to build a bus they’d love to drive.
The result is a driver-driven cockpit in every IC Bus CE Series that offers one of the most advanced ergonomic designs in the school bus industry. These designs came out of an exhaustive effort to measure drivers across six U.S. locations, while taking video footage of drivers in action and analyzing digital bus designs and manikins. We then used that data to design a driver’s seat that is ideally suited to size, movements and intuitive actions of our operators. Among the changes was the relocation of our electric door switch, so that our drivers can now open the door without taking a hand off the steering wheel.
Frequently used controls are within easy reach, the driver’s seat and steering wheel are strategically placed, the seat is designed to be comfortable for drivers of all sizes, and the area is aligned to produce a roomier work space for the driver.
The goal of these improvements? To create an experience that leads drivers to focus less on the vehicle and more on the most important part of their job: protecting their passengers.