The so-called new normality involves adapting to completely different standards of social distancing and hygiene than those to which we are accustomed. With hydroalcoholic gel in hand and mask in mouth, we have to go back to our life as it was before COVID-19.
That’s thinking about ourselves, but there are some means of transportation like city buses and the subway where it’s really complicated to maintain a social distance and surfaces get dirty too easily.
To try to put an end to this and make travel as undramatic as possible, Arrival, a UK company, has designed a bus thinking about the needs of coexistence with thecoronavirus offering greater flexibility and space for each passenger.
The Arrival Bus: the bus against the virus
The Arrival Bus has been designed with the user experience in mind and is equipped to provide “a positive perception of public transport and create an atmosphere capable of evoking a sense of space, cleanliness and well-being in a world with a greater awareness of hygiene and personal space“, as published by Arrival itself on its website.
Among its specifications designed to fight the virus, we have the construction of the interior coating with surfaces without many corners to allow the best cleaning. It also has a fully configurable seating arrangement and interior elements that can be changed by an operator during long stops to suit needs.
If the bus has more demand it can place more seats but if the opposite happens, it can remove some seats and offer more space. It can also serve, for the future, in case the health authorities in each country limit the number of seats, as has happened in the recent health crisis.
In terms of extra comfort, the Arrival Bus has larger windows to make the passenger compartment as bright as possible, and it also has a panoramic roof from one end of the bus to the other. Information panels for both the interior and exterior provide information on the flow of passengers and the availability of empty seats.
Another interesting feature of this bus is that passengers can request the stop from their own smartphones remotely. Which can come in handy if we live near the stop. The bus, which could not be also electric, has several configurations ranging from 10.5 meters long to 15 meters. The latter has a maximum approved capacity of 125 passengers.
The mobility ecosystem
Arrival doesn’t just sell buses. Its objective as a company is to provide governments and local entities with a complete ecosystem of urban electric mobility. In addition to these buses, its portfolio includes taxi cars, car-shares, delivery robots, infrastructure for battery charging and digital services. All of this is manufactured in what they call ‘microfactories’, avoiding large manufacturing plants and subcontractors.
To give some examples, Arrival has received investments from the Hyundai Kia consortium for a value of 100 million and, as the last big order, the logistics company UPShas also decided to become a shareholder of the company by acquiring 10,000 electric delivery vans.