School Bus Fleet Magazine - November 2014

COVER STORY

Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?

By Nicole Schlosser

With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.

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FEATURES

Will Ramped-Up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?

With advancements such as Google's road-testing of self-driving cars, the nation is no longer relegated to episodes of The Jetsons.  However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments.  School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology steands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.

Survey Shows Growth in School Bus Driver Shortage

Nearly a third of school districts have a severe or desperate shortage of bus drivers - a big jump from last year's survey.  Meanwhile, 38% increased their school bus service level this year.

14 Fascinating Personalities in Pupil Transportation

A WWII veteran who is still training school bus drivers in his 90s.  A mechanic-turned-manager who test drove a bus to Toad Suck, Arkansas.  A state director who used to be a hair stylist.  Get the scoop on these and other intriguing school bus people in the return of this popular series.

6 Helpful Routes To Take When a School Bus Driver Dies

What courses of action should a transportation leader follow when a school bus driver dies?  Here, a veteran director who recently faced that sad situation shares steps to help staff members, students and the driver's family deal with their loss.

China Faces Challenges in Bolstering School Bus Safety

A fatal school van crash in China in 2011 confirmed the need for stronger safety measures in transporting students.  Industry veterans from the U.S. are sharing their expertise with Chinese counterparts, but the country's vast population, extreme traffic congestion and other factors present obstacles to implementing an American-style yellow bus system.

NAPT 2014 Show Guide

Here's a preview of dozens of companies that will be exhibiting at the National Association of Pupil Transportation's trade show on Nov. 11 in Kansas City, Missouri.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note                     Advertiser Index

Industry News                   People

NAPT News & Views            Product Highlights

Snapshots                       Classifieds

Business Watch                The Last Word

School Bus Fleet Magazine - November 2014
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