Date
17 November 2017
Infrared sensors (inset) on KMB buses will tell passengers how many seats are available on the upper deck. Photo: Internet/KMB
Infrared sensors (inset) on KMB buses will tell passengers how many seats are available on the upper deck. Photo: Internet/KMB

KMB to install sensors showing seat availability on upper deck

Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) said its newest buses will include infrared sensors to collect data on the number of passengers onboard and make bus rides more convenient.

The sensors will provide information on whether the upper deck is fully seated in order to avoid situations where passengers would clamber up only to find that the seats are all taken, hk01.com reports.

KMB unveiled the infrared sensors on the buses during a Facebook live video. The franchise bus operator said it is testing the sensors’ ability to track passenger movements up or down the stairs.

A spokesperson said the system would not lose count even if someone sits on the stairs.

KMB said the system will be installed on 500 buses by the end of the year and be expanded to 2,000 buses by mid-2018. New buses will have infrared sensors pre-installed.

The measures have been adopted by Singaporean bus companies.

KMB is also planning to put sensors on bus doors to calculate the number of passengers getting on and off. The application can inform passengers at the next stop of the bus’ remaining capacity.

Such information will become available on mobile apps and will be first tested on bus routes No. 6 and 108.

Legislator Michael Tien Puk-sun said KMB first brought up the new initiative during talks on its franchise rights with the government recently and has now decided to go ahead with the plan to increase its competitiveness.

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