Recent shifts in the transport industry towards green energy have led to an increase in electric, hybrid electric and hydrogen vehicles on the road. Public transport has seen a rise in the number of clean energy buses on the roads, and questions regarding the safety of the vehicles have been raised.
VEHICLE MULTI-MESSAGE SYSTEM
Clear and concise audio alerts, warnings and messages
A distinct solution designed specifically for buses and coaches, the Forman VMMS provides clear and concise audio messages and alerts to drivers and passengers alike.
The VMMS is a bespoke messaging unit that can be interfaced with the vehicle’s CAN-Bus and other Forman V-Series products such as the Fire Suppression System to provide warnings, status information and advisories, ensuring the safe running of the vehicle.
The system can broadcast audio through two separate speakers to deliver different messages for drivers and passengers.
An extensive range of messages are available in a range of languages. Custom messages can be factory programmed if requested.
The VMMS logs events such as fire suppression system deployment and low system pressure, which can be downloaded for review.
The Forman VMMS can be linked to the vehicle CAN-Bus interface. Additionally, messages can be triggered by hard-wired inputs.
Minimise Driver Distractions
Safety systems for commercial vehicles often feature LED lights on the dashboard to alert the driver of status, which can lead to a distracting dashboard, particularly where multiple systems are in place. The VMMS provides the driver with audio warning messages and status information, rather than visual warnings, limiting the distractions and allowing the driver to remain focused on the road.
The system can interface with the vehicle CAN-Bus or support hardwired inputs, and well as integrating with other Forman systems to provide one comprehensive unit, removing the need for multiple LEDs.
The Forman VMMS boasts a retrievable event history log with date and time stamp, allowing operators to check the messages delivered to the driver and passengers. If the VMMS is linked to the Forman Fire Suppression System, this allows the operator to check when the high temperature warning, system activation and other related messages were delivered to the driver.
Sample Audio Messages
The VMMS unit audio clip library can contain over 250 recordings. An extensive range of messages is available, but custom messages and sounds can be requested, including messages in different languages. Below are some examples of the audio clips that can be programmed into the VMMS.
Driver Start-Up Messages
The VMMS can deliver custom messages when the vehicle’s power is switched on to provide driver notifications specific to that vehicle.
This is a hybrid vehicle - are you trained in its function?
Mobile phones are not to be used whilst driving.
Caution! This is a double deck vehicle and is fourteen feet six inches high. Please be aware of height restrictions and particularly low bridges.
Driver Warning Messages
Specific messages and sounds can be triggered by hard-wired inputs or the vehicle’s CAN-Bus to inform or alert the driver.
Please apply handbrake.
Engine bay temperature high.
Fire. Fire. Fire. Fire system deployed. Find a safe place. Immediately stop and turn off the engine and isolate the bus.
The VMMS offers a separate speaker output to deliver passenger specific messages.
Your attention please; we have a customer boarding that needs to use the dedicated wheelchair space. Please vacate the area to allow them to travel safely. Thank you.
Please stand clear of the exit door.
Fire Suppression System Integration
The VMMS can be fully integrated with the Forman Fire Suppression System to deliver instant audio messages to the driver via the speaker in the driver’s cab. The system integration is designed to reduce the likelihood and impact of a fire on the vehicle, and to mitigate disruption, damage and injury.
- Temperature Rise Pre-Warning
- Low System Pressure Warning
- System Deployment Warning
- Smoke Detection Warning
The VMMS warns the bus driver when dangerous temperatures are detected by the Temperature Rise Pre-Warn Sensors. This warning is designed to allow the driver to safely stop the vehicle prior to fire ignition. Stopping the bus may give the engine time to cool down and prevent a fire.
The system alerts the driver in case of low pressure in the fire suppression system. The driver is alerted when the pressure in extinguishing agent tank/s drops below acceptable levels, so a service can be arranged to reinstate the system.
If the fire suppression system discharges, the driver will receive warnings alerting the driver that system has been activated, and the engine will shut down. This allows the driver to safely stop the vehicle and evacuate the passengers.
The VMMS is connected to the smoke detector, which is fitted in the upper deck of double decker buses, allowing the system to alert the driver if smoke is detected.
V-MON Anti-Tamper Device
The Forman VMMS Vehicle Multi-Message System helps to ensure safe running of buses and coaches by providing audio messages and alerts to drivers about the devices it monitors.
There have been occasions when the Forman VMMS connections accidentally came loose, stopping it from working properly. The Forman V-MON Vehicle Monitoring Device is designed to be used in conjunction with the Forman VMMS to monitor the status of the system and alert if issues which may impede its proper functioning arise. Linking directly to the Forman VMMS speaker and smoke detector circuits, the V-MON detects when the speaker or smoke detector are disconnected, issuing an alert to the driver to prompt a resolution.
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The drastic consequences of fire are well known. Fires on vehicles such as buses and coaches put lives at risk and it’s often difficult for the driver to detect a fire on his vehicle.
From July 2019 a new regulation has come into force making it compulsory for all new types of electric and hybrid vehicles in the European Union to be equipped with an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS).
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