Wi-Fi Takes the Lead in Onboard Entertainment

Posted on November 2, 2009 by Nicole Schlosser - Also by this author

Page 1 of 2

From Wi-Fi service to DVD systems to 110-volt outlets for charging any type of mobile communication device imaginable, passengers are used to having these amenities in their homes, and are increasingly requesting extra technology of coach operators.

To gain a deeper understanding of the onboard entertainment options, LCT spoke with four coachbuilders. Here are their offerings:

Setra, Daimler Buses North America, Greensboro, N.C.

Tom Chezem, vice president of motorcoach sales, for Setra/Daimler Buses North America, says that the manufacturer has gone with a Blaupunkt Professional Line series as its standard entertainment system. The coachmaker also offer 19-inch LCD, 5-screens with a DVD system and radio in its standard package.

For customers looking for extras, Setra can increase the number of monitors if a coach operator wants some of them to face backwards. They also can add eight-channel systems, satellite TV, XM radio, and Wi-Fi.
Operators such as Omaha, Neb.-based Arrow Stage Lines have added some of these features and capabilities. A Yankee Line, in Boston, recently invested in satellite TV and Wi-Fi.

“A lot of people are adding multi-receivers, XM, people with iPods, MP3 players,” Chezem says. “More people are drawn to the computer and the Web, and lots of times people have their cell phones, they’re already connected. Wi-Fi is great if you’ve got a computer, but a lot of people are walking around with cell phones and don’t need the Wi-Fi connections. And they’re really not watching movies, because it’s not individualized to their taste,” he adds.

Chezem says that the Asian market is leading onboard entertainment trends. “They tend to be on the cutting edge of electronics from an entertainment perspective. There is a merging of the two when you look at the pipeline that’s available. Most of it goes through Wi-Fi: How can you download movies to a coach that’s running along the road? I think we’re still a little bit farther away from that. I haven’t seen the changes in the entertainment side as much as I’ve see it on the [fleet] tracking side. [For] entertainment, what you tend to see is larger monitors, a little more bling.”

Setra Options
• Wi-Fi
• Extra monitors
• 8-channel systems
• Satellite TV
• XM radio

Prevost, Sainte-Claire, Quebec

The Prevost H-Series offers Prevost’s newest entertainment system, the DELTATM Configuration.
The Prevost Premium Sound System with AM/FM/CD receiver has satellite radio capability, XM, Sirius, and is iPod ready. The Prevost Sound System with DELTATM configuration comes with dual subwoofers and one speaker above each passenger area broadcasting one channel and surrounding speakers broadcasting the other channel to provide a more homogeneous sound throughout the coach.

Prevost Extras
• 17-inch, flip down flat screen monitors, which only descends when in use
• Wi-Fi
• Wireless microphones
• 110 electrical plugs
• Satellite TV

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Zipwhip Designs An Easy Way To Reach Clients

eNews Exclusive: Everybody texts…so why don’t you allow your customers to?

TomTom Flows Driving Data To Verisk Data Exchange

Alliance offers WEBFLEET subscribers new opportunity to use telematics data for insurance services related to fleet safety.

Meet The Suitcase Chauffeur Who Can Drive Your Car

If this latest self-driving technology takes off, it can solve the chronic driver recruitment problem.

AUTOsist Launches Fleet Maintenance App

The software includes dedicated areas to track repairs, fuel, custom notes, and more.

Driverless Vehicles Will Alter How We Buy, Own, Insure Cars

Automakers are not only unprepared for the change -- they’re not even trying.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment



See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - July 2017 $12.95 COVER STORY: * Why These Titans Work So Hard to Give it Away * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close