Arrival’s all-electric delivery vans have won a lot of praise for the British start-up and have been invested in companies such as UPS and Hyundai, all before these vehicles are actually deployed. But now the start-up is ready to reveal that it has been working on another type of electric car: buses. Later today, Arrival will launch an electric bus, which is seen as the next step in becoming a major electric transport company.
At a glance, the “Arrival” bus is no different from other buses. This is a large round square on wheels with large windows and lots of seats. But according to Chief Experience Officer Kwame Nyanning, many modern touches are embedded throughout the process, providing a unique set of devices and experiences for crash and fleet operators.
The outside and top ring displays of the bus can be used to indicate which doors are best for getting on board, etc. There are more screens along the inside top that can provide upcoming site information. It’s easy to imagine these screens being used for more dynamic ads, which is not possible with most existing buses.
In the simulation provided to The Verge, the Arrival bus also sets up a display panel behind the driver to show more route information. And a landscape touch screen panel, which looks like the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y panels, is located on the driver’s side while the traditional coin-operated disc and swiper are replaced with a point-to-point payment sensor.
These screens help provide passengers with better real-time information, both on and off the bus. But Nyanning says it will also make it easier for operators to manage their fleets. In addition to hard technology, Arrival has designed the bus to be convenient and flexible. All this is based on an all-electric platform that powers the Arrival bus. The company has not yet released any specifications. But it has been testing prototypes.
Arrival says the electric vehicle platform, which powers its delivery trucks, is modular and can be scaled up or down to meet the needs of many customers. It’s unclear whether the buses will run on the same platform, but the company is already talking about developing small electric taxis and delivery robots.