Contact us


Kerkewal 49
8401 CH Gorredijk  
The Netherlands

Phone +31513463435

Typical clients

- Van Hool, Belgium
- Mercedes, Germany
- Man, Germany
- Volvo, Poland

  • Close halting

    Close halting

  • Curb damage

    Curb damage

  • Impact on busstop

    Impact on busstop

  • Overheating tyres

    Overheating tyres

  • Vehicle damage

    Typical damage

Public Transport

Nowadays low floor buses are almost everywhere the standard, as such attributing to a better accessibility of public transport. Contrary to railtransport though, in bustransport it is hard to standardise bus stops. They usually have to be designed with an already existing environment in place: a.o. trees, streetlights, speed bumbs, and parking zones for cars limit the options to go for the most optimal bus-stop layout.

As a result, it is not always possible to halt sufficiently close to a bus-stop. Also, the chance for a bus to make contact with a bus-stop during halting has increased over time. The large overhang over the front wheels, the high centre of gravity causing swaying, and hightened bus-stops: these are all factors that enhance the chance for collision damage. Also it is a common feat that after some time bus-stops tend to sag due to the weight of the buses and the strong breaking forces created by the buses. This furthermore increases the chance for collisions between bus and bus stop. A relatively new cause of damage is that while running the tyres along the bus stop curbstones for guidance, the wear in tyres is increasing.

All these phenomena tend to make bus drivers keep their distance from the bus-stop. As a result, the accessibility actually deteriorates. At Etrometa we develop systems that help to overcome these problems. Our robust ultrasonic sensor configurations allow – not force - the bus driver to halt closer to the busstop, without damage and without loosing time. As a result, downtime of buses and bus repair cost can be reduced, while the elderly and wheelchair users can experience a serious improvement in bus accessibility. Maintaining the maximum efficiency on the embarking- and disembarking process, means allowing the bus driver to halt nearby the bus-stop and kneel with the bus whenever appropriate, without damage. Anticipating the current demographic trends and pressures on public spending, it is the right time to focuss on further improving the accessibility of bus transport. As an experienced player in this field, Etrometa deliver sensor applications that allow accessible and at the same time affordable public transport by bus.