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Smart Solution for OC Transpo

OC transpo bus Ottawa 95 Orleans
photo: Public Transit in Ottawa

If you've taken the bus in a busy downtown area like the Rideau Center or Albert Street, you've probably experienced the frustration of having to run and find your bus somewhere in the long line of buses, hopefully before it left. If that's the case, you might appreciate this solution from designers Chae-woo Park & Tae-eun Kim of Hongik University in Seoul, Korea. They came up with a very clever and simple solution to help people get to their bus a little quicker.

When the buses are in line, it's hard to see their number since they are located in front of the bus, and therefore hidden. By adding a "Folding Plate", a folding number plate that sticks out to the side as the bus door opens, it's easier to find your bus number and to get to it faster. Check out the following demo from the two designers presented for the 2010 Graduation Exhibition Probono.



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3 comments:

  1. This is actually a really good idea. It wouldn't work for our buses unless it could change displays, though, because our bus drivers change route numbers multiple times a day, and this would require them to manually change the number being displayed on the plate each time they do that. And from the looks of the video, that wouldn't be easy.

    I do wish there was *something* OC could do about this mess. It's kill-or-be-killed at Rideau Centre in the afternoons.

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  2. Good point! But if there's a will there's a way :) Perhaps adding a simple electronic plate that matches the numbering system in front of the bus would be the way to go ?

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  3. Great idea! Seems like a simple solution. I'm surprised to see that such a system is not yet in place.

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