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English   The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro regular-service bus
19.06.2011 von admin

Driver’s workstation with perfected ergonomics

The developers have completely remodelled the driver’s workstation, and the cockpit now takes ease of operation, ergonomics, instrumentation and comfort to new heights for regular-service buses.

A new driver’s door leads into the cockpit area

Even the door to the driver's cab has been redesigned. The door is now hinged at the rear and opens from the front, allowing drivers to move in a straight line between the front door and their workstation for particularly fast entry and exit. The developers also took the opportunity to improve the stowage facilities in the door. Drivers will now find a larger compartment for their bag, for example, as well as an extra compartment for a drinks bottle. The partition screen for the driver’s cab has been given a new look too, and is now larger and curves further forward. Instead of the grab rail previously fitted at the front of the partition screen, there is now a grab handle on the side.

For the first time, the new Citaro can be factory-fitted with another new development – an optional driver protection door. This door has a modular design based on the standard door. Depending on requirements, a number of variants are available, which offer graduated levels of protection by forming a screen between driver and passengers.

At eye level with passengers

The driver’s seating position has been altered too. The height of the driver’s pedestal and seat has been increased by 60 mm altogether. This gives the driver the psychological advantage of being at eye level with the passengers boarding. At the same time, the raised seating position affords a better all-round view, for example of the traffic in front. To maintain the exemplary view outwards and upwards, the windscreen has likewise been raised by 60 mm. The destination display, meanwhile, has been moved up by a whole 72 mm, for even better visibility when looking up and to the side, for example at traffic lights. The lowering of the window sill at the side is also beneficial to the driver. The development team has made the pedals more ergonomic to operate too.

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