Innovative features to optimize onboard safety

Safety features

The Nova LFS Smart Bus® far exceeds APTA White Book crashworthiness requirements and they are built to resist the toughest operating conditions. Our team strives to design high-quality, innovative products including Smart Safety Features that reduce the frequency of accidents, as well as their consequences.

The stainless steel structure

A sturdy, reliable structure is the foundation of a well-built vehicle. At Nova Bus, safety and low maintenance costs are also built in. Our stainless steel structure doesn’t need costly structural overhaul and yearly anti-corrosion treatments, impacting warranty coverage and maintenance cost.

Structural protection cell for driver

The front structure of Nova Bus vehicles is reinforced with two parallel stainless steel tubes, creating a protective cell for the driver in case of frontal collision. Ultimately, that means offering drivers best possible operating conditions.

Side impact barriers to protect passengers

The high frame stiffness and structural integrity increase passenger comfort and safety. Our buses are equipped with side impact barriers made from the best alloy, to offer superior resistance in the event of a side or rear collision.

Rear end structural reinforcement

Exclusive to our transit buses in North America, structural rear impact barriers are a definite value-added feature since the vehicle’s main components are located at the rear of the bus.

Single windshield

Nova Bus’ windshield provides maximum visibility for the driver, improves lighting and reduces blind spots to play a key role in preventive safety. Eliminating the windshield’s center pillar means enhanced safety for everyone inside and outside the bus.

All-wheel disc brakes

All-wheel disc brakes have been our standard for years, increasing drivers’ and passengers’ safety. Balanced by design for optimal stability, they reduce braking distance by approximately 50-ft at a speed of 60 mph (15.2 m at a speed of 97 km/h).