A school bus driver’s ability to see clearly in and around the bus is paramount to ensuring students’ safety, particularly with bullying incidents on the rise and the potential for danger zone accidents, and a bus’ mirrors are important pieces of equipment that help drivers to effectively do their job.
Rosco Vision Systems, Tiger Mirror Corp. and Woodstock Safety Mirror Co. have kept this in mind by developing products — including rearview mirrors and a stop arm equipped with a mirror — that enhance the driver’s view inside the bus, around the back of the bus, and the driver’s view of the danger zone.
Officials from the companies spoke with SBF about the technology and the design of these products that increase the visibility of these areas for the driver.
Rosco Vision Systems
Rosco’s latest offering to the school bus market is MOR-Vision, a mirror and monitor combination camera system that integrates a 7-inch ultra-bright LCD color monitor with the rearview mirror in a school bus.
The monitor within the rearview mirror allows the driver to see the camera image through the tint on the mirror glass when the bus is in reverse. Company officials say the backup camera installed on the back of the bus provides the driver with a 150-degree diagonal field of vision for expansive coverage behind the bus.
In addition, the STSC109B camera has a CMOS lens sensor that can process images in all lighting conditions, including complete darkness. There is also an option for a second camera to be added to the system.
The MOR-Vision mirror and monitor combination camera system from Rosco Vision Systems integrates a 7-inch ultra-bright LCD color monitor with the rearview mirror in a school bus. The monitor allows the driver to see the camera image through the tint on the mirror glass when the bus is in reverse.
The MOR-Vision mirror-monitor is compatible with all of Rosco’s backup cameras, including P/Ns STSC141, STSC130B/W, STSC106 and STSC112.
A normal, full mirror view reappears once the vehicle is shifted out of reverse. However, when the bus is shifted into “drive,” “flasher” or “park” modes, the driver has the option to view a second camera depending on how the system is wired and triggered. The second camera can automatically provide an image to the driver of right-side danger zones, such as the loading door area and the rear axle area. The second camera can also provide interior bus and seating views.
MOR-Vision is available in several models as a kit that includes a rearview mirror with the monitor and a backup camera. The STSK6630, which is designed for large school buses, features a rearview mirror that’s 6 inches by 30 inches.
The STSK5530, which is designed for small buses, includes a rearview mirror that’s 6 inches by 16 inches.
A third model, STSK1030, offers a larger rearview mirror — 10 inches by 30 inches — as part of the kit.