Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - 23

The Drive to

New Technology
Here's the tech that's increasing motorcoach
safety, comfort, and profits

BY LINDA FORMICHELLI

PREVOST.

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PMS. CMS. VR. AR. ABS.
With the explosion of new
motorcoach technology-and
the constant advancements to
old tech-you may feel like you're swimming in alphabet soup. All these tech tools
are helping motorcoach operators boost
safety and security for passengers and
drivers, and they also continue to bump up
comfort levels for passengers.
Surprisingly, they also help operators
retain drivers in a tight market. "With
driver shortages, operators are looking to
provide drivers with as many tools as they
can to assist them with their jobs," says
Thom Peebles, vice president of marketing
at ABC Companies, a distributor of Van
Hool motorcoaches based in Winter
Garden, Fla.
The biggest benefit? "You won't become
Yellow Cab," says futurist, technology
strategist, and author Crystal Washington,
referring to the negative impact ridehailing services such as Uber and Lyft have
had on traditional taxis. "Yellow Cab had
the blueprint for Uber-and the vehicles!
You cannot get comfortable; you cannot
rest on your laurels."

We spoke with experts about the newest
motorcoach technologies, what's coming
up in the future, when we might see fully
autonomous coaches, and how to make
sure your investment in new tech helps
your business thrive.

Safety First

Much of the newest (and upcoming)
motorcoach technology is based around
safety-tools that help avoid collisions,
keep the coach in its lane, and allow the
driver to see the area around the coach
even when it's dark outside. Our experts
weigh in on the trends.
Mirrorless Camera Systems
Mirrors are important for safety, but
they're useless if they break off, which
often happens when coaches are active
in an urban environment. Mirrorless
technology, which is in the testing stage
for motorcoach use, solves this problem
by using low-profile cameras that convey
images to a screen for the driver.
"Mirrors are an essential tool for
drivers, at the same level as the steering
wheel. E-mirrors are the evolution and

next step in this technology," says Abel
Zacharie, director of product management
at Prevost, a manufacturer of passenger
coaches in Sainte-Claire, Québec. "They
don't get damaged by road incidents and
may even prevent some by offering a crisper image in all sorts of adverse conditions.
So, you avoid repairs and keep the coach on
the road while reducing driver fatigue."
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) started
out as a feature in luxury cars in the early
1990s, but now you can find it in more
affordable cars and motorcoaches. "It
gives a good driver another layer of protection," says Peebles.
How it works: Radar scans the roadway
ahead for other vehicles, calculates
the vehicles' velocity, and adjusts the
motorcoach's speed to maintain the preferred distance between the coach and the
vehicle ahead. "So if the car starts slowing
down, your coach will automatically slow
down ... and as the car accelerates, the
coach will speed up again to maintain
that following distance," explains Brent
Maitland, vice president of marketing
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Living Life to the Fullest
Going Green
Marketing 101
Custom Fit
How to Have a Successful Marketplace
ABA Foundation Live & Silent Auction
ABA Gives Back
2020 Marketplace Offers Top-Notch Education
The Drive to New Technology
Tour Stop: New Year’s Eve Destinations
City Guide
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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
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