Driving a city bus is demanding. Narrow streets, increasingly heavy traffic, complex fare models, and passengers with a broad range of needs: Drivers need to keep on top of everything. Oh, and they also need to be on time. A first-class driver’s workplace must perform at the same level. Ergonomics and comfort make work easier, an intuitive layout and a simple operating concept make driving more productive and safer. Drivers are noticeably less stressed.
The perfect driver’s workplace? The modular driver’s workplace from Continental.
State-of-the-art technology in an innovative design that blends seamlessly into the design concepts of the latest generation of city buses: The modular driver’s workplace leaves nothing to be desired. With extensive configuration options, this driver’s workplace can be adapted to a wide variety of needs. Intelligence included. And we’re not the only ones excited about this product: The iF Design Award and German Design Award juries are, too. The modular driver’s workplace from Continental is an attractive, flexible, and highly functional workplace that has no equal.
The name says it all: The modular driver’s workplace is... well, you get the idea.
But why modular? In developing our latest driver’s workplace concept, we focused on one thing above all else: the human element. Human beings, whether drivers or fleet operators, are all different and have a wide range of needs. The modular driver’s workplace is designed to accommodate them all. Furthermore, it also fits the requirements of its application, whether it is city, intercity, or tour buses.
The core module of the modular driver’s workplace is the freely programmable 12.3-inch TFT color display. This allows HMI designers complete freedom to customize the way all main vehicle and drive functions are displayed. The flexible division of the viewing area, animated 2D and 2.5D graphics, and optional pop-up messages keep the driver up to date at all times, whether the bus is a traditional diesel, hybrid, or electric vehicle. The one-fits-all approach makes it possible to use a single display in every vehicle. Programming is just as efficient: The development environment is the same regardless of vehicle type.
The other modules are arranged in a honeycomb pattern around the main display – modular, if desired, and no less flexible. Room for two additional displays at the top and two control panels underneath the ventilation modules makes the modular driver’s workplace a highly functional cockpit. Assignment of the displays and controls is just as flexible as using the main display: the electronic components are freely programmable – in the same development environment. This makes it possible to develop consistent and harmonized modules that make the driver’s work easier.
A kit with more than eight hundred control icons, extendable with any desired icon design through use of laser technology, with assignable RGB LED color lights and a flexible module arrangement, ensure seamless support of international applications as well as left- and right-hand drives.
No matter the configuration, perfect ergonomics is a given. The cockpit components are connected to one another as a unit and linked to the adjustable steering column. If the driver adjusts the steering column, the entire cockpit moves along with it. The relative positioning of the components to one another, developed according to EBSF and VDV standards, is preserved, ensuring ideal accessibility and operability.
The modular driver’s workplace is the perfect foundation for intelligent operating concepts adaptable to any driving situation. With the freely programmable modules, the intelligence of the driver’s workplace is limited by only one thing: your imagination.
There are countless interpretations of what the optimal HMI should look like. But there’s one thing everyone agrees on: Intelligent operating concepts can make the driver’s work easier. By providing the right information at the right time and offering adequate operating options, drivers can focus on what’s important. Develop innovative display concepts for driving, a display scenario for the bus stop and another one for break mode. That way you always make the most of the possibilities offered by the modular driver’s workplace. Drivers will love it. Function, safety, and comfort increase in equal measure. The cockpit blends into the vehicle perfectly and enhances the look and feel of the vehicle and transportation company.
What makes the hardware design of the modular driver’s workplace so special is its modularity. The freely programmable electronic components of the displays and control modules offer virtually complete freedom. Perfect for non-homogeneous fleets!
The components are freely programmable for a particular look and feel. That’s especially beneficial for vehicles where the customized look of the cockpit is important, such as intercity and tour buses.
The display with the electronics unit and the board for the control panel come from Continental, and the individual dashboard body from the vehicle manufacturer. The logic is programmed on the same development platform as the fully housed components of the modular driver’s workplace. The functions and libraries can be shared. This approach significantly reduces the development effort, particularly for mixed vehicle fleets.
Intelligent solutions like the module driver’s workplace from Continental are no accident. In this video, Mario Tedesco and Michael Glunk explain why.
Bus drivers are as different from one another as people in general. Drivers of all shapes and sizes sit behind the wheel of the bus – unlike in a car, which is typically driven by no more than two people. Because a bus driver spends considerably more time on the road, it’s especially important that the seat and steering column can be adjusted for perfect ergonomics. Drivers with comfortable seats and easy-to-reach controls tire less quickly, can concentrate longer, and drive more safely. The design of the modular driver’s workplace revolves completely around driver ergonomics.
The seat and steering column can be adjusted in multiple dimensions. The steering column is directly connected to the display and control units, so overall ergonomics are retained when it is adjusted. The individual elements are always perfectly aligned with the driver.
Even today, drivers frequently adjust the seat and steering column manually. And all too often, the adjustment is not quite right. What better reason to work on automatic adjustment of the bus driver’s workplace? The modular driver’s workplace makes fully automated scenarios feasible. Individual driver profiles will be saved and retrieved at the touch of a button. In addition, cameras can be used to recognize drivers. With an intelligent image processing algorithm, the driver could automatically be recognized before starting his or her shift with the seat and steering column automatically being adjusted to their stored profiles.
Choices abound: Continental has created the mDWP Configurator to take the stress out of building your individual modular driver’s workplace. Let your Continental customer advisor take you through the various options and design the perfect solution for you right on the screen. This short video shows you just how easy it is.