23 Apr 2020


All over the world companies and scientists are searching for a vaccine and cure for COVID-19. All over the world automotive companies are switching partly to produce hygienic products like face masks etc. Bus and coach companies are focussing on how to transport their passengers as safe as possible. Brazilian Marcopolo has started a search in partnership with startups to seek solutions to make public transport safer from viral contamination.

To stop the new coronavirus from advancing, Marcopolo Next, Marcopolo's division for innovation, launched an open Innovation Challenge early April, looking for startups and technologies specialized in biosafety to make public transport safer against viral contamination. With a focus on offering embedded biosafety packages or available in a service format, over 20 solutions presented were chosen and, among these, some are already in the process of concept approval with operators and customers.

The selected solutions: Sanitation: biosafety, sanitation and sterilization solutions that make the inside of the bus, as well as the luggage compartment, less likely to spread viruses during travel; Isolation and screening systems: in order to promote safer and more comfortable trips, these systems allow contact to be restricted between passengers and drivers. Solutions that identify passengers with symptoms, temperature measurement, fit into this theme; Nanotechnology and materials: new ways to facilitate sanitation and sterilization of the internal environment of the bus; Information/communication systems: ways to guide passengers, drivers, mechanics, janitors, etc. about good sanitation practices in the vehicle, luggage areas and other products offered during the trip.

The projects were selected by a multidisciplinary technical group of infectologists, engineers and specialists from Marcopolo. With this initiative Marcopolo seeks ways to help its customers move forward with their operations, in addition to protecting society from the Covid-19 pandemic and other biological agents harmful to the health and safety of passengers and drivers.

(Image: Júlio Soares)

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