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London Navigator Double-Decker Bus

London Navigator Double-Decker Bus

London Navigator Double-Decker Bus

London Navigator Double-Decker Bus

London Navigator Double-Decker Bus

London Navigator Double-Decker Bus

London Navigator Double-Decker Bus
All images courtesy and © of Jamie Martin
Make -
Model London Navigator
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine Hybrid

The London Navigator is a concept which was created as a spiritual successor to the now classic Routemaster bus which was retired in 2004. The London Navigator concept by Jamie Martin won second place in a competition which asked designers to come up with a replacement vehicle for London's bus service. Elements of the winning designs will be used to influence the look of the new London bus, due for release in 2011.

The original Routemaster bus was regarded as one of the most recognizable icons in London. It was felt that an equally distinctive replacement was required to retain this status; a red bus that can only be associated with London, is easily distinguishable from the standard double-decker or bendy bus, and is quintessentially British.

The London Navigator features an open access platform at the rear near-side corner, plus an automatic double-door located immediately behind the near-side front wheel. The interior design provides for the needs of a second crew member, and incorporates a conductor-only foldable seat at the front entrance, for use when required. Total capacity for the London Navigator (including 16 standing passengers) is 88, or 86 when carrying a wheelchair user.

The London Navigator bus consists of a lightweight monocoque aluminium chassis, covered by a combination of bonded and riveted aluminium and fibreglass bodywork.

The London Navigator concept has been designed to accommodate a variety of drivetrains. The initial proposal is for a hybrid vehicle which uses a 4.8-litre engine running off biodiesel, powering the rear wheels via in-wheel electric motors. Because the electric motors don't require a transmission to receive power from the engine the London Navigator benefits from a low-floor layout which increases passenger space.

By using regenerative braking the in-wheel motors are able to return power to the lithium-ion batteries located alongside the rear wheels and under the rear stairwell (where the bio-diesel tank and A/C unit are also housed). Such technology could provide a 30 - 40 percent lower fuel consumption over similar diesel powered buses.

One of the most prominent exterior features of the London Navigator bus concept are the large electronic displays which feature at both the front and rear ends of the vehicle. These show the bus number and route information. The rear display additionally incorporates a designated section that can be used for animated or scrolling advertisements.

Further information is provided to the passengers on displays showing bus number, main destination, and next stop situated at the side of the bus, beside the rear open platform. Two similar ceiling-mounted displays are also fitted on each of the two floors of the bus.

The driver of the London Navigator is seated in his own 'cocoon'; a cab accessed through a reinforced, lockable door from the main body of the bus. The dashboard includes multi-function screens for monitoring CCTV and external cameras, air conditioning, and a communication link with the main control center via radio and computer assisted information monitor. Due to the split front-end design of the bus, and the raised seating position, the driver is provided with a wide field of vision.

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Cobra Venom V8 by Jamie Martin

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