TRAFFIC SAFETY: Megabus to create safer drivers with GreenRoad systems

May 11, 2016

The transportation company is implementing the system after it tested successfully in the U.K. for monitoring speed, acceleration, breaking and lane handling

By December 2015, Coach USA, Coach Canada and Megabus had completed the deployment of the GreenRoad system throughout its North America locations.

Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs North America, said that the traffic light LED system on the dashboard relays the driving alerts.

GreenRoad monitors 120 maneuvers, the results of which are sent to the GreenRoad Engagement Portal where both drivers and management can see why the drivers are getting the alerts that they are getting.

GreenRoad also deploys the use of camera integration to capture any moments of unsafe driving, including the event of an accident. The event can then be saved by the system and used for further investigation by management.

To determine if drivers are traveling at the speed limit, the system deploys the use of GPS tracking. In the event that there is a factor such as a construction zone, where the speed limit has been reduced, the driver then contacts the managers and safety officers to alert them of the change.

Besides monitoring speed Coach USA, Coach Canada and Megabus also have its safety officers watching the central support system of the bus, using a SmartTire alert system. They can get instant feedback on tire pressure and tire heat. In the event that a tire is going to blow out, the driver can be contacted immediately through an alert on the dashboard, which lets the driver know to pull over. The central support system also identifies if any low bridges are approaching on the planned route — and automatically lowers the buses suspension. Drivers are also outfitted with an earpiece that prevents drivers from drifting off. When a driver gets into a comfortable position or starts nodding off, the earpiece buzzes or plays music.