Toyota Group’s Hino exhibited the Fuel Cell Bus, which has the same technology with the Mirai, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. They introduced the concept of the next-generation bus traffic system.
The Fuel Cell Bus was developed with the aim of creating “a bus that’s convenient for anybody.” Since its platform was elevated, you couldn’t feel any difference between this bus and other buses, even for passengers who are using wheelchairs. Since embarking and disembarking became more convenient through this, it reduces the need for the bus driver to assist his passengers, thus he can concentrate more on driving.
It does not have a fare box near the driver’s seat so it guarantees ample space for wheelchair users passing through the front door. An automatic turnstile is placed at the bus stop, and there will be a paying area at the bus stop; thus, the driver’s seat area is already cleared, allowing the driver to concentrate on driving.
Also, when you check out its glass cockpit around the driver’s seat, it has fewer switch buttons than the existing buses’. Furthermore, its monitor information became more cohesive and comprehensive.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)