In order to quench the world’s thirst of autonomous city transportation, Mercedes-Benz has showed off its latest future bus. The new vehicle consists of a next generation CityPilot system, sleek exteriors and comfy interiors. Mercedes also carried out a test drive on the 20 km BRT line in Amsterdam at 70 km per hour and the bus followed all the traffic rules, stopped at red lights and halted itself, thanks to the new CityPilot system. However, a driver was present in the cabin, but just to monitor the process.
The company has incorporated this bus with ten cameras, long and short radar systems, automatic braking system and traffic light networking. It is equipped with a GPS too to define the route. Talking about CityPilot system, it’s based on the Mercedes-Benz Actros Highway Pilot system, which was launched two years ago. The parent company Daimler also has claimed to be the first company to demonstrate this completely automated operational city bus in real time traffic situation.
This autonomous bus is based on the company’s Citaro bus model and is 12 meter long with ample space keeping passenger’s need in mind. The bus has three sections—service area at the front, express area for short distances and lounge area for long distance commuting passengers. The bus also has wireless mobile charging system for travelers which has to be activated by the driver after request by passenger on an information display.