Previously on Page 1:
- Introduction & Background
- Technical Specifications
- Exterior Overview
- Interior Overview
The dashboard of Singapore’s BYD K9 buses are identical in design to other right-hand-drive BYD K9 buses.
The BYD K9 dashboard features a central display screen, and analog dials for the tachometer, speedometer and air pressure. Mounted around the dashboard are the various fare collection equipment (farecard readers, coinbox, bus fare console driver display unit), as well as the Trapeze Common Fleet Management System (CFMS) driver display unit.
The use of two small dashboard-mounted rocker switches for the door operation buttons is an unusual design choice. Frequently-operated controls are usually large buttons mounted in an easily-reached part of the dashboard; such is the case for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro, MAN A22, MAN A24, and MAN A95.
A CCTV monitor, located above the driver, assists with monitoring of the surroundings. The Electronic Display Sign controller (model: LECIP Driver Control Console) and air-conditioning system controller (model: Spheros SC 600) are also located above the driver’s compartment. All air-conditioning controls are blocked off from the driver with the exception of the power button.
The BYD K9 buses come equipped with the Golden Eye Driver Anti-Fatigue System, supplied by TNT Surveillance. The camera monitoring unit is installed on the top of the dashboard.
Collision Warning System
A Collision Warning System is offered by TNT Surveillance. The front collision warning camera (Front Alert Camera T-FA) integrates Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Distance Monitoring and Pedestrian Detection features. The side collision warning cameras (Side Alert Camera T-SA) detect pedestrians or cyclists in the drivers’ blind spots on both sides of the vehicle.
Both camera systems are connected to three display units clustered on the left side of the dashboard console, which issue visual and audio alerts in real-time. These three identical display units are, from left to right: left side alert, front alert, and right side alert.
Wheelchair accessibility is offered via a manual wheelchair ramp installed at the rear door. LTA specifications call for two wheelchair bays on new buses in line with providing for an ageing population. They also offer more standing space, as well as room for unfolded prams.
Both wheelchair bays are located opposite the exit door. Each bay accommodates one passenger-in-wheelchair (PIW), and the wheelchair backrest contains a foldable seat that doubles as a rear-facing seat. These seats do not contribute to the licensed seating capacity of the bus.
The forward wheelchair bay is also equipped with a stroller restraint system. USB Charging ports are also provided at both bays.
A unique feature of these buses is the folding handlebar at each wheelchair bay, for the benefit of PIWs. It can be manually deployed and stowed depending on the needs of the passenger.
The handlebar unlocks by first unlatching the top of the handlebar, then pulling out the side locking plunger located at the base of the handlebar. This allows the handlebar to be lowered into the horizontal position, and releasing the side locking plunger locks it in place. To stow the handlebar, pull out the side locking plunger, raise the handlebar into the vertical position, and latch it in place.
Passenger Information Display System (PIDS)
The BYD K9 buses are equipped with Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS) for commuters. One roof-mounted LCD interior display panel is mounted above the centre aisle, near the exit door of the bus. A second, exterior-facing LCD panel is placed near the entrance door, next to an Electronic Display Sign that shows the bus route number.
The interior LCD display shows the next bus stop, and up to 3 subsequent bus stops served by the bus route, along with rail connections at these bus stops. The bus service number, destination and current time are also displayed.
The exterior-facing LCD display shows the next few MRT stations that the bus serves and the number of bus stops to that MRT station.
The LCD display panels are accompanied by a LED Colour Text Display mounted at the front headwall of the bus interior. This unit shows the service number, destination, and name of the next bus stop. All display units are supplied by LECIP.
USB Charging Ports
The bus is equipped with USB charging ports (without covers) for all seats, including the two wheelchair bays. A single charging port has room for two USB cables, with an output of 1A and 2.1A. These charging ports are mounted on the side panels of the bus.
Doors & Passenger Counter
BYD K9 buses are configured with two double-leaf doors: an entrance door at the front, and an exit door in the middle. Door systems are supplied by Masats of Spain, identical to those used on Euro 6 MAN buses.
The entrance uses conventional inward-swinging leaf doors (pneumatic), while the exit uses sliding plug doors, which push out of the door frame before sliding open sideways. Although the rear door pillar does not rotate, it is affixed with warning tape.
An automatic passenger counter by Hella Aglaia (Model: APS-R-PoE) is installed above the front and rear doors. This feature enables the gathering of more accurate passenger loading data by transport authorities.
Bus Display at Ulu Pandan Bus Depot
On 11 November 2019, the Yutong E12, BYD K9 (SG3060U) & ST Engineering Retrofitted Electric Bus were displayed at a press event at Ulu Pandan Bus Depot. These buses were planned to enter revenue service in early 2020.
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Original publish date: 28 September 2019