IVECO'S NEW “SAFE INSIDE” PROGRAM TO TRAVEL IN COMPLETE CONFIDENCE
Iveco Bus has put in place several solutions for its bus range aimed at protecting the health and sanitary safety of drivers and passengers. The program includes Driver’s glass protection, hand gel dispenser, modification of the air conditioning systems to increase the proportion of outside air and treatment of surfaces and fabrics with antibacterial materials. Also Iveco Bus is testing ozone, UV and electrolysis systems to purify the internal air.
With the driver’s glass protection the driver is separated from the passengers, therefore protecting them from each other. This measure, which already existed on some urban vehicles, Urbanway, Crealis and Crossway Low Entry, is now available, as a retrofit and on all future orders, over the entire bus and coach range, including the Crossway LD and Evadys. This is an “OEM” solution, using ECE R43 glass.
Automatic, contactless hydroalcoholic gel dispensers operating on batteries can be installed near the doors, so passengers can disinfect their hands when entering and exiting the vehicle.
According to current knowledge, airborne transmission is improbable. However it, in addition to barrier measures, air exchange is recommended to limit the accumulation of the virus in enclosed spaces. Iveco Bus has modified its air conditioning systems to increase the proportion of outside air coming into the vehicle. This option is already available on Crossway LE, LD and Evadys.
Although fabrics are already equipped with antibacterial materials, Iveco Bus says it is in collaboration with several suppliers, testing the effectiveness of coatings with bactericide, fungicide, aquaphobic and virucidal properties. Also systems to clean up the air inside vehicles are tested: ozone, UV and electrolysis systems. These systems operate continuously and disinfect the recycled air, removing any presence of the virus. To decontaminate the inside of vehicles automatically and on a daily basis, another device is under development. This consists in nebulising a virucidal product for a few minutes with the aim of covering all surfaces of the vehicle and treating the interior of ventilation ducts and airconditioning units, without human intervention. Lastly, the manufacturer is very interested in nanotechnologies. Nano-coating consists in vaporising a long-lasting product in the form of tiny droplets, which is then deposited on and disinfects the surfaces of the vehicle, including seats, handles, stanchions. Currently in study phase, this solution can be effective for several months.