Additional Driver Assistance Systems Coming Soon from ABC Companies.

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Technology is ever-changing, and ABC Companies plans to help North American operators keep pace with the introduction of additional ADAS tools – including ABC’s RECON (Readiness for Emergency CONditions) and TEC Options. The add-on technology tools are designed to integrate with existing standard safety features aboard new Van Hool motorcoaches.

“Our team continues to push forward the capabilities of motorcoach functionality”, said Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer, ABC Companies. “As ADAS systems become more mainstream, ABC will focus on offering nascent technologies that can increase driver confidence and passenger security, while decreasing hazards for cyclist, pedestrians and other vehicles”.

Van Hool coaches feature a 13-point standard safety package, including rollover specifications designed to meet a rigorous European standard. ABC ADAS tools have been designed to help owners augment operations via enhanced driver control and awareness. Utilizing integrated cameras and driver alert displays, these tools can detect and warn drivers of potential risks. “Enhancing driver visibility, both outside and inside the coach has great potential in reducing human error”, according to Thom Peebles, Vice President Marketing, ABC Companies, “Driver training and awareness will always be the most important aspect of coach operation, while ADAS systems continue to be adopted to in an effort to assist the driver.”

ABC RECON and TEC OPTION Package Features Overview
COMING SOON:  1Q, 2020
RECON (Readiness for Emergency CONditions)
– Optional driver assistance features integrated with existing standard Van Hool safety package
– Robust feature/functionality to further enhance driver performance/passenger security

RECON Options include:

  • 360 Exterior View 4 Camera System
  • Side View Camera w/In-Dash Display
  • Driver Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Mobileye – single forward-facing camera with compact auxiliary dash display with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCS), pedestrian & cyclist detection and over-speed warnings

In addition to RECON options, a variety of other “smart-enabled” features will also be available this year. From bolt on systems that offer adjunct auxiliary power and more visibility into fleet operations, to its comprehensive asset management tool – ABC Connect, the company is focused on a number of new technology offerings in 2020.

ABC TEC Option Packages include:

  • Interior Surveillance 4-Camera System to capture onboard events and enhance passenger & driver security
  • Solar Panels w/Smart Charge System
  • Smart Equalizer which replaces standard equalizer with a CAN enabled version, enhances visibility of vehicle charging system with a low voltage disconnect (LVDC) option available.
  • ABC Connect – a telematics driven asset management tool that enables real-time remote views of vehicle status.

The ABC team will be at ABC Booth #200 at UMA Expo 2020 to discuss available ADAS systems coming soon from ABC Companies and how its driver tech options can be customized to meet specific operational requirements.

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full-size highway coach equipment along with transit specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach and heavy-duty equipment from ten strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally, private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company’s financial services group – one of the largest financial service providers within the industry.  For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit the company web site at

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