The Spirit of Invention: Dallas Smith's Friendly Bus

This article describes the Friendly Bus, which offers passengers a smooth ride, no interior or exterior steps, and a low floor. The bus was the vision of Dallas Smith, who developed the first automated car wash and robotic automobile transport trailers earlier in his career. For years he entertained the idea of developing a pickup truck pulling an axel-less trailer. Initially, he knew the design could work well for moving household good such as furniture; only later did he realize it could be a boon for elderly and disabled travelers. The passage of the Disabilities Act in 1990 further fueled development of the bus. A prototype of the Friendly Bus is in use in Greencastle, Indiana. The vehicle claims to offer 35 percent more room than a typical body-on-chassis vehicle.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 16-19
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  • Accession Number: 01050309
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2007 8:23PM