Abstract: For the increasing accident rates involving school buses, this paper has designed an advanced school bus system which includes an overload detection system using infrared emission transmitters and receivers. This will give the exact number of students in the bus to avoid accommodating students beyond the predetermined capacity of the bus. Pressure sensors and proximity sensors or presence sensors are also provided. Pressure sensors are placed at the footboards of the bus and proximity sensors near the doors of the bus to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Keywords: infrared, overload, pressure sensors, school bus.