SmartRider™ is an advanced smart leveling system, providing unmatched accessibility for all passengers using intelligent kneeling with variable height capability.
An industry-first in fully accessible, easy access level boarding from curb to aisle
New Flyer developed SmartRider™ to create an unmatched accessibility experience for all passengers – enabling buses to kneel to variable heights and minimize the slope difference between a low-floor ramp and bus floor.
SmartRider™ vs SmartRider™ Plus
SmartRider™ is available on all Xcelsior® models, in one of two configurations, SmartRider™ and SmartRider™ Plus. SmartRider™ includes basic features on the front axle. SmartRider™ Plus applies to all axle systems, lending additional features such as curb-side kneeling, high ride/low ride and platform-level boarding.
The SmartRider™ system is a breakthrough in public transit accessibility, offering:
Reduced energy consumption and upgraded components for increased reliability and lower maintenance
Increased stability and improved sway control
Actively maintained ride height on uneven road surfaces
Integrated suspension kneeling operation with SmartRider™ ramp to facilitate single operation for accessible boarding to a defined ramp angle.
Benefits of SmartRider™ and SmartRider™ Plus
These systems are a breakthrough in public transit accessibility, offering optimized boarding and unmatched line accessibility for all passengers.
How the SmartRider™ ramp system works
The SmartRider™ ramp and suspension system work together to make ramp deployment and bus kneeling an automated operation. At a single touch of a button, a driver can deploy the ramp to enable the following:
Learn more about this technology at the Vehicle Innovation Center.