Closed driver's cabin in city buses
Although it might seem that closed city bus cabs separating the driver from the passenger area is a requirement dictated by the changes introduced by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was already used on earlier models of these vehicles.
Previously popular, the small, low cab doors were often designed to make it easier for the driver to sell tickets, and this solution was sometimes dictated by cultural considerations. Nowadays, the use of such a solution is primarily aimed at ensuring the comfort and ergonomics of the driver, and open cabs are increasingly being replaced by closed cabs similar to those we can find on trams. The design of the closed driver's cab is a combination of several technologies - based on a steel profile frame for high structural strength, its upper part is made up of glazing which must allow the driver to freely observe the passenger area. On the other hand, consistency with the styling of the vehicle interior is achieved using thermoformed plastic covers.
NG's experienced engineering team is irreplaceable when it comes to the design of such enclosures. When creating cabs for city buses, we are primarily concerned with ergonomics and driver safety. The use of closed driver's cabs is also an attempt to get passengers used to the situation when autonomous vehicles will be on our roads and the role of the driver will be eliminated.