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SPOTLIGHT ON: TECHNOLOGY AND SAFETY WINTER 2014 6 From Drawing Board to Sales Floor Motocoach designers and executives tell how they bring concepts to life. 9 Innovation: It's an Addiction It's not just nuts and bolts. Innovation starts with how you see the world. 10 Mobile Technology and Cloud Computing How to harness the power of these vital tools. ABA MEMBER SERVICES AND BENEFITS MAGAZINE THE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES ABA MEMBERS NEED TO SUCCEED 3 True Tales of ABA: Inspirational stories and achievements from around ABA. 11 Smart Money: How's your company's financial diet? 13 Expert Opinion: Hours-of-service and driver overtime rules? No changes needed. 14 Regional Roundup: Big changes at the Florida Motorcoach Association. AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY Coaches on the Cutting Edge What's new in motorcoaches for 2014? Innovations in safety, comfort, quality of ride, fuel economy, and amenities make a trip on a coach one of the travel industry's peak experiences. By David Widner I n decades past, if you asked travelers to name the best way to get from Point A to B, most would, without hesitation, have said air travel. After all, flying was glamorous and luxurious-things bus travel might not have been. But these days, travelers dread air travel, from claustrophobic cabins and limited amenities to extensive wait times and fees for seemingly every single thing. And good luck charging your phone or computer on a plane, much less using it. At the same time, motorcoach manufacturers are remaking bus travel into the type of enjoyable and sought-after luxury experience that air travel once was. Every year, riding a motorcoach becomes safer, more comfortable, and more passenger-centric. Meanwhile, operators are realizing significant cost savings and a return on investment. Motorcoach manufacturers could have easily settled for the status quo in product development. After all, this is a stable travel industry sector that has catered to daily runs on fixed routes. Instead, they have brought innovation and imagination to an ever expanding and diversifying service portfolio, CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 PREVOST. UPSCALE TRAVEL FOR TODAY'S PASSENGERS. Prevost coaches surround passengers with beautiful interiors and impressive amenities. High-end fabrics and flooring provide a luxurious look. Wi-Fi, headsets and electrical outlets assure convenience for tech-savvy travelers. And our High Decker design offers a better view through Prevost's frameless windows. You can count on Prevost for exceptional performance and lower operating costs. And your passengers can look forward to the most comfortable ride they've ever experienced. www.prevostcar.com PRE-13-006_ABA-BannerAd-012214.indd 1 1/22/14 10:46 AM http://www.prevostcar.com http://www.prevostcar.com

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Equip - Winter 2014