Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN, May 12, 2016 — American Seating heads to the American Public Transportation Association’s 2016 Bus & Paratransit Conference May 15-18 in Charlotte, North Carolina, with plans to unveil an industry first: USB ports debuting on the company’s Vision® seats. Vision serves the city service (public transit) market. While power outlets have been on motorcoach bus vehicles for several years now, public transit has been waiting for this technology – until now.
At the APTA conference, American Seating will unveil the 4.2 amp total output, dual outlet, USB device charger on the Vision seat. The easily accessible charger features a LED power-on indicator and an optional protective cover. People riding on buses with such seats can use the buses as “mobile charging stations” for their phones, tablets and hybrid laptop computers.
“Public transportation vehicles are another place where people work on their computers, or read the news or watch video on their smartphones and other devices. We continually are researching what designs and products will serve the commuting workforce and the general population. Integrating USB device chargers into our seating solutions meets the needs of today’s tech-savvy riders,” said Doug Oswald, director of marketing – transportation at American Seating.
The Vision seats on display at the APTA conference will include American Seating’s VR-50® cushion, plush-padded cushion with back extension and non-upholstered options.
American Seating also will showcase its InSight® and Q’POD® product lines at the APTA conference.
The full InSight product offering will be on display with the VR-50® cushion, plush-padded cushion with back extension and non-upholstered (INSIGHT-PRIME™ and INSIGHT-PRIME+™) versions.
Q’POD will feature American Seating’s thinnest (closed envelope) InSight flip-up seat, which creates an extra three inches of space per side in the ADA area of a transit vehicle.
American Seating will exhibit at the APTA conference’s Products and Services Showcase in booth space 210 on Tuesday, May 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Westin Hotel & Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.