NBC Today Tests IC Bus Stability Control, Collision Mitigation Technology

NBC Today Tests IC Bus Stability Control, Collision Mitigation Technology

An NBC Today segment shared with viewers electronic stability control and collision mitigation technology that are now included as standard equipment on all new IC Bus school buses.

NBC National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen met with IC Bus representatives at a test track for the segment, which aired Thursday morning. He said school bus safety, a personal issue for most people who have school-aged children, is especially personal for him. That’s because his two daughters were involved in a school bus crash earlier this year. The crash resulted in no injuries, but Rossen said not all crashes are that lucky for passengers.

Onboard computer systems that have been developed by IC Bus and partner Bendix Commercial Vehicle Solutions, stabilize the bus wheels and drivetrain in adverse road conditions. It especially senses danger and takes control of the bus automatically. With recent school bus crashes that have resulted in many injuries and a death, this new technology is said to “save kid’s lives,” Rossen explained.

Viewers rode along with Rossen and Trish Reed, VP/GM of IC Bus, as a school bus navigated a wet roadway with and without the electronic stability control system activated. They also tested its new automatic emergency braking. Both features were announced at the STN EXPO in Reno this summer.

The Today show provided views of the simulation from multiple cameras, as well as a drone. During the event, which was held on a closed track, away from traffic, IC employees recreated the situations that school bus drivers could face. The video shows the difference between using the technology and not.

Electronic stability control was used on wet pavement. While the driver of the bus made a turn, the computer knew what the driver and the bus were doing, and automatically corrected itself to stay within the cones and not fishtail—which is what happened when electronic stability control was turned off.

The other stimulation was to test the collision mitigation technology. To accomplish this, IC Bus parked a car in the middle of the track to simulate a traffic jam and instructed the bus driver to hit the gas. The computer automatically applied the brakes and brought the bus to a complete stop—nearly a full bus length in front of the parked car. This technology is being implemented to reduce the amount of crashes that occur, due to distractions or medical conditions that occur behind the wheel.

“Experts still say the school bus is the safest way to get your kids to and from school. This technology makes it even safer—obviously,” Rossen said at the conclusion of the segment.

IC Bus, according to the segment, is the country’s largest school bus maker and transports nearly two-thirds of U.S. children to school every day. The company said the new technology will eventually be standard in all new school buses that are built.

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