Anyone have an idea what the white lines and additional lights at the front are all about
Mind you, I was only speculating the reason based on the response from enthusiast Facebook groups and general chit chat.Googled the reg and got this photo.
It has the reason in the description.
Assumptions are the best kind of knowledge, also nice pic.Mind you, I was only speculating the reason based on the response from enthusiast Facebook groups and general chit chat.
On the day I took that photo, I asked my friend who consulted someone he knew who worked for Metroline and even he had no idea what they were for.
I also assumed that since the bus also had the light cluster for the Oxford Street Warning System (OSWS), it would be for that.
The noise pollution from those damn beeping must be unbearable. To be fair though, YouTuber DoubleDeckerAnton said in his most recent video people keep stepping out in front of the electric buses because they can't hear them. Frankly, to me if you can't take the time to check left and right at a road before stepping out, it's not the responsibility of others to save your stupid lifeAnother part of the trial is seen here on route 98.
It's odd that they would need visibility improvements seeing as red is one of the most visible colours to the human eye, which is why most notifications icons are in red, it grabs your attention.
Paris seems to already have this sorted out, courtesy of a Jalopnik link:To be fair though, YouTuber DoubleDeckerAnton said in his most recent video people keep stepping out in front of the electric buses because they can't hear them.
...Maybe install speakers that mimic the sound of an engine... Or paint the front of buses bright yellow and have day bright LED running lights. So they'll be like trains
Not sure if bells will suit London buses, but some sensible auditory warning that doesn't sound like a fire alarm would be very good.The noise isn’t distracting or obnoxious, but is still enough to get your attention and warn that there’s a big bus on the way and to watch out. It a unique noise that’s enough to stand out, and the choice of a bell ring seems more natural and comforting than an annoying electronic beep or something similar. It’s also significantly different from just a regular honk from a car horn, and a lot less aggressive, too.
What’s also good about the bus bell is its seemingly selective nature. It’s not a constant alert, which would easily get annoying with a fleet of buses constantly ringing. The only thing I would change for EV application is driver control. Instead I would just have a timed chime that plays on a loop of a few seconds, perhaps with a rate increase that goes up as the car drives faster.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that eventually most of these vehicles will presumably come to have some sort of sensor package to detect pedestrians and map out road lanes, perhaps synching the chime to only play when the car is in a pedestrian-heavy area based on the sensor data could be a smart solution to avoid annoyance. The buses also still have a traditional horn, which the cars shouldn’t lose to make sure the driver still has their own way of alerting people.