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The Asit seat being transformed | Photo source Behance

Conceptual bus redesign helps elderly passengers travel safely

Mobility & Transport

The hydraulic seat and integrated handles improve ease of access and folds up when not being used, to ensure maximum floor space


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Spotted: Unveiled at the PolyU design degree show (part of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University), the conceptual Asit bus model prioritises accessibility and mobility for all passengers. Created by product design student Hang Tat Henry Hui, the Asit bus includes a wider door, an extendable ramp, inside facing seats and a fully autonomous driving system. Interior space is maximised through the placing of the stairs next to the door for the swifter movement of passengers on and off the bus.

Hui was inspired by the ongoing rise in Hong Kong’s ageing population. The hydraulic seats and new style of handrail were inspired by the increase in numbers of people reaching their late 80s, 90s and even 100 years of age. The seats themselves are slightly smaller than is usually used on today’s public transport vehicles and are designed specifically to help those with limited mobility to sit and rise from the seat with minimal stress on their knees.

The folding seat design ensures maximum space for different types of riders, from cyclists to wheelchair and crutch users. The stop button is located lower down the handles for easier access, and the L-shaped handle itself provides more support for people to push against when rising from a seat. There is also an integrated hook for hanging bags and coats.

Springwise has spotted a range of innovations aiming to improve the safety of public transport, by incorporating social distancing. An iconic Italian tram has been redesigned with smart features and Hong Kong’s driverless version includes floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum natural light.

Written by: Keely Khoury

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