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15 Creative Converted School Buses

Flickr user Larry Myhre
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School buses are nostalgic for many people. They’re the wild and wonderful social scene that bookmarks the school day. They’re iconic in shape and color, and they have a certain smell that takes former schoolchildren back. But they eventually become too old or outdated to carry kids safely.

What happens to all those retired school buses? They’re the guest room out behind Grandpa’s house. They’re a more colorful element of the street food scene. They’re mobile houses for wanderers who don’t actually want to leave home.

We picked out a few good ones, but there are many more. Let us know in the comments what you’d do with a retired school bus if you had one.

1. Rustic Bus

Photo courtesy Flickr user Johnny Vintage

This 1978 school bus is heated by a wood stove.

2. Cheesy Goodness

Photo courtesy of Flickr user CamKnows

A school bus in Oregon serves grilled cheese.

3. Art Bus

Photo courtesy of Flickr user 3CENT

An artist used this bus as a temporary studio.

4. Home Sweet Bus

Photo courtesy Justin Evidon

An architecture student made an amazingly efficient living space in an old school bus this past summer.

5. Party Bus

Photo Courtesy of Flickr user Manuel W.

Why tailgate when you can roof deck?

6. Lofty Ambitions

Photo courtesy of Tiny House Listings

This school bus from Dallas has a loft made out of cedar.

7. Steampunk Bus

Photo courtesy Jake von Slatt

A Victorian sensibility works well in this converted bus.

8. Oil Change

Photo courtesy of Tiny Home Listings

The headline on this one says it’s veggie oil ready. Well, then!

9. Literally

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Farrell Link

This school bus is now a mobile classroom for adult learners.

10. Cool Bus

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Bret and Robin

The owners of this bus can beat the heat with an air conditioner during the day, then hang out on the roof deck in the cool of the evening.

11. A Very Little Bus

Photo courtesy of Tiny House Listings

If you don’t want to drive a great behemoth of a bus, this one is barely bigger than an SUV.

12. Here Comes the Sun

Photo courtesy of Flickr user 350.org

This bus carried California schoolchildren until 2003. Now it’s used to educate the public about renewable energy.

13. Big as a Boat

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Larry Myhre

Bob Waldmire’s Road Yacht is now on display at the Route 66 Association’s Hall of Fame and Museum.

14. A New Spin on Food Trucks

Photo courtesy Flickr user Origimadon

This school bus in Vermont has become a restaurant-on-wheels.

15. Double Decker

Photo courtesy of Tiny House Listings

If you can’t decide between a Volkswagen camper van and a school bus, why not stick a couple Volkswagens on top of the school bus?

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Self-driving cars are already a reality, as companies like Google and Tesla have demonstrated. But the logistics of getting them on the roads with human-operated cars have slowed down their long-anticipated takeover. In Wisconsin, highway planners are looking into one way to accommodate autonomous vehicles when they arrive. Dedicated lanes for driverless cars are being considered for I-94, USA Today’s Journal Sentinel reports.

The project is supported by Foxconn, the Taiwanese tech supplier building a new facility 20 miles outside of downtown Milwaukee. Once the site is complete, it will cover 20 million square feet and employ up to 13,000 people. According to the company, setting aside space for self-driving vehicles could ease traffic congestion, both from new workers and cargo trucks, after the factory opens.

Officials were already planning to expand I-94 from six lanes to eight to accommodate the eventual increase in traffic, but Foxconn says that may not be enough. “We’re thinking about two years down the road; they’re thinking 20 years down the road,” Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, said at a meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

While Sheehy said the autonomous car lane proposal is “on the table,” he didn’t make any promises regarding the plan’s future. Wisconsin isn’t the only state looking ahead to new developments in road travel: In October, tech investors pitched an idea to Washington state officials to convert Interstate 5 into a corridor for autonomous vehicles between Seattle and Vancouver.

[h/t Journal Sentinel]

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Ford Tests Exoskeletons That Make Overhead Tasks Easier for Workers
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Engineers have already developed exoskeletons capable of supporting elderly people and helping paralyzed people walk. But the technology offers benefits to able-bodied wearers as well. That's what employees are learning at Ford's U.S. factories. As Road Show reports, workers there are suiting up in upper body exoskeletons designed to alleviate fatigue and decrease their chance of injury.

Assembling car parts requires workers to reach their arms above their heads thousands of times a day. While most healthy individuals would have no problem doing this type of work for a few minutes at a time, the rate at which these employees are completing the tasks puts an enormous strain on their bodies. This can lead to back and shoulder fatigue, soreness, and even injury.

In an effort to make their workforce more comfortable and productive, Ford has been testing the EksoVest from Ekso Bionics in two of its American auto plants. The non-powered suits fit people between 5 feet and 6 feet 4 inches tall. The lightweight design provides up to 15 pounds of support to each arm without weighing wearers down or restricting their movements. According to Ford, the pilot program has contributed to an 83 percent drop in the number of incidents that led to time off between 2005 and 2016. And on top of staying healthy enough to go to work, employees have reported feeling more energized during their off hours.

The EksoVest has already helped workers launch several new vehicles, including the 2018 Ford Mustang and the 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Following the trial program's success, the automobile company next plans to test the technology in factories in Europe and South America.

[h/t Road Show]

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