New bus uses aircraft technology

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 August, 1999, 12:00am

The SAR's leading public bus service provider has invested in a new fleet of double-decker buses to provide passengers with better services.

The Centroliner, the new Kowloon Motor Bus double- decker, adopts state-of-the-art German aircraft technology.

It is the first of its kind to be custom-built in Germany and shipped to Hong Kong.

Its body frame is built from a single piece of stainless steel body and is designed to bear loads.

The Centroliner is the first bus in Hong Kong to use this advanced technology, which is usually only used in aircraft and racing cars.

The bus is also shock-absorbent as it is built using a low front axle unit with independent suspension, which reduces vibrations in the bus.

These technologies also reduce the noise of the bus when it is in motion, giving passengers a smoother and quieter ride.

The steering mechanism is designed so the bus driver is able to perform sharp or narrow turns with only minimal turning of the steering wheel.

This allows the bus to operate on narrow or sharp-cornered roads with ease. Automatic transmission, anti-lock braking and an independent suspension system give it smooth acceleration and braking.