The first thing that we think of when we hear the job title automotive designer is someone designing the next top of the line sports and luxury cars. While there are such people designing the next eye openers in the luxury car brands, there are also those that are designing the buses and transport solutions. Now many think that designing a bus would be a simple job, but it is actually an equally complex project.
Buses Designed for Better or for Worse
After the engineers are done with the mechanical parts, then the designers step in to make a bus more comfortable, and also efficient. Whether it is air-conditioning or a more accommodating layout, the designer works to balance functionality, safety and comfort.
To explain these attributes further we must consider that the designer has to think about what is an acceptable capacity without sacrificing comfort, as well as keeping in mind what would be a safe quantity of passengers. They have to consider the positioning of the air conditioning so as to consistently maintain the desired temperature throughout the bus, without being a burden on the engine. Even the horrible pattern on the cloth seats is done that way for a reason, though few have ever asked the question why. The reason for such a mind boggling mixture of colours in a seemingly unfathomable pattern is to hide any stains that might have been caused by any number of liquids and fluids. The concept is like a pre-emptive visual camouflaging.
Not All Buses Are Created Equal
Gone are the days where a bus manufacturer made a model and sold it to any part of the globe. Nowadays certain countries have specific requirements and passion for the buses that they want. Whether it is a shorter bus for busy narrow streets, or a longer one for long haul journeys that are done cross-country, a bus must comply with a country’s emissions standards and roadworthy requirements.
This has posed a little challenge as far as western nations are concerned; especially in the European Union where more and more countries are pushing for lower emission solutions that at the same time accommodate a larger number of passengers.
On the other hand, there are buses designed specifically with a location or environment in mind. These involve places like northern Russia where a bus must be designed to not only accommodate people, but to also handle the cold temperature, as well as potentially to drive over snow should it cover the roads.