Before introduced to customers, Scania’s new generation city buses undergo rigorous testing of the typical challenges that they will face in everyday operations. Buses are loaded with weights to simulate maximum passenger capacity and subsequently subjected to obstacles that are commonplace. Driving buses in urban environments is demanding. Streets are tight, pedestrians, cyclists and other cars appear unexpectedly and roads may be uneven. The driver must cope with these hazards and so must the bus.
In repeated tests, these conditions are mimicked. What happens in hard braking? Can the bus absorb the forces when driving over a severe potholed road? And can the bus skilfully manage the sharp turns required when manoeuvring in tight and congested cities?