17 Nov 2019


At Busworld Van Hool showed the new camera-mirror-system from Vision Systems on two of its coaches of the EX range and two of the TDX range. This camera monitoring system is part of the many technological innovations integrated in Van Hool’s vehicles that reflect the company’s innovative strength. During an event on a test track just above Paris, trade journalists and customers from all over Europe were given the opportunity to meet the new Van Hool coaches.

Smart-Vision replaces the rear view mirrors with high-definition cameras and interior displays to offer optimized visibility and enhanced ergonomics. Compared with standard rear view mirrors, the displays eliminate glare. The brightness is automatic adjusted to handle all lighting conditions, at the entrance and exit of tunnels, night and day, in every weather and in any driving environment. Special for this purpose Van Hool arranged a night trip through the French country side were this new system could be tested.

The removal of the mirrors lowers wind resistance for improved aerodynamics, which reduces fuel consumption by around 5% and thus also CO2 emissions. It also reduces maintenance costs and down time linked to mirror breakage and offers a very modern design. In addition to eliminating lateral blind spots, the solution provides functions such as the suppression of the A pillar blind spot, parking and maneuvering aid, guidance assistance and security monitoring around the vehicle. Vision Systems has refitted 22 Van Hool Exqui.City trambuses in Geneva (Switzerland) and will equip 33 new Exqui.City trambuses by mid 2020 for TPG, the local public transport operator in Geneva.

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