Keeping corona at a distance
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Keeping corona at a distance

Daimler Buses has undertaken many measures to keep the risk of infection during bus travel as low as possible.

What is Daimler Buses doing to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers on the road during the pandemic? What measures have already been taken? And what are we currently working on? Here is an overview.

Fewer passengers, drivers distanced, masks required on board... bus travel in corona times has changed massively. Daimler Buses has taken numerous measures for its Mercedes-Benz brand to increase the safety of all on board. This starts, for example, with detailed cleaning and hygiene instructions, or updated servicing methods for the high-performance air filters. In parallel to this, a practical corona retrofit package will soon be offered – currently, for example, tests on disinfectant dispensers are being carried out.

Daimler Buses engineers are placing particular emphasis on air conditioning and ventilation. The goal: as much fresh air as possible to prevent the concentration of aerosol droplets. Buses and coaches from Mercedes-Benz are equipped with a powerful air conditioning system and effective ventilation. In certain city buses, constant air exchange can also be supported via hinged windows. Daimler Buses is constantly working to improve its systems, further increasing the proportion of fresh air.

To prevent aerosol transmission, driver partitions have already been offered for years in various heights and made of single-pane toughened glass or polycarbonate with all the legally required approvals. Recently, these have also been made available for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses for retrofitting by the OMNIplus Service Network. So that the first row of seats can once again be fully used, further driver partitions made of high-pressure treated polycarbonate are being prepared – for example, for the Intouro or the Tourismo.

Transparent protection: driver partitions can be retrofitted for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro.

Transparent protection: driver partitions can be retrofitted for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro.

In testing: Antiviral-coated handrails and other interior components.

In testing: Antiviral-coated handrails and other interior components.

In testing: Antiviral-coated handrails and other interior components.

In testing: Antiviral-coated handrails and other interior components.

A further key focus of the anti-corona measures is the reduction or destruction of viruses and germs within the bus. In future, handrails and poles with antibacterial and antiviral coatings will be installed in city buses. Similar germ-resistant coatings for air filters, seat covers and other areas are currently in the testing phase.