Ashok Leyland showcases luxury concept bus


New Delhi : At first glance, Ashok Leyland’s concept coach previewed at Auto Expo 2008 opening here Thursday seems like any ordinary big bus – jumbo tyres, well-painted steps and generous seats. But a look inside changes everything.

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Wi-Fi connectivity, closed circuit television, a day and night parking assist system supported with infrared camera and a two-channel system that enables the driver to see if the passengers are in – these are just some of the features of what the company calls the iBUS.

The concept iBUS, developed by Leyland’s team of 25 young engineers, just made the bumpy bus ride more interesting. Some might even call it the iPhone of public transportation systems.

Developed by the company’s cross functional team in 10 months, Ashok Leyland’s state-of-the-art intra-city bus had visitors surprised at the expo.

The bus has 42 seats and can accommodate 30 standing passengers. The vehicle, according to a senior Leyland official, is fitted with a new electronically controlled common rail engine, a first for India.

“The common rail engine would be fitting into our products sometime during the next fiscal,” the official said.

“The intelligent bus is really a matter of pride for us. It has got features that are way ahead of the current market with lots of electronics, passenger information system and pedestrian protection system,” said R. Seshasayee, managing director of Ashok Leyland.