School buses get an upgrade

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A new technology that lets parents track their child

For some students, high tech is coming to the old yellow school bus.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (NBC) - A new technology that lets parents track their child's bus may be able to alleviate some of their stress for the upcoming school year.

For some students, high tech is coming to the old yellow school bus.

Schoolwheels Direct showcased their new fleet of school buses, which feature air conditioning, on-board GPS, camera systems for safety and security, and even WiFi on board.

Parents and students came to an open house to check out the new technology and to meet their drivers.

GPS tracking systems on the buses will be linked to a smartphone app called "safestop." The app lets parents know if a bus is running late, scheduled time of arrival, and then the actual expected time of arrival for that specific day.

It's a new company, that is offering private and direct-fee based transportation for students.

This year, the company will be taking about 400 students to and from private and charter schools in Charleston County.

And while these buses will only be utilized by private and charter schools for now, other bus companies are not far behind.

In nearby Beaufort County School Buses are being outfitted with a similar GPS tracking system called zonar which also lets parents known if a bus is running late, where the buses are, and where they stop.


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