Mercedes-Benz’s Bus Of The Future Is Here [51 Pics + 6 Videos]

Equipped with autonomous technology adapted for city use, the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus has been put to the test on the streets of Amsterdam.

Demonstrated on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, the vehicle drove itself on a 20-km (12-mile) route at speeds of up to 70 km/h (43.5 mph), during which it stopped at bus stops, opened and closed the doors, communicated with traffic lights and successfully avoided all obstacles nearby, from pedestrians to cars.

Daimler, which became the world’s first manufacturer to put a city bus through a real-life traffic situation, had a driver on board to monitor the CityPilot system, which can be activated by pressing a button and disengaged by a slight steer or touch of the accelerator or brake pedal.

The system uses long- and short-range radar, satellite-controlled GPS navigation, large cameras, and sensors that mostly came from the Future Truck 2025 Concept. Moreover, it can also communicate via Wi-Fi with the route infrastructure to receive info on traffic light status, taking advantage this way of the green wave.

The system is a further development of Highway Pilot, especially for big cities. It allows us to drive partially autonomously on specially marked bus lanes. This makes public transport safer, more efficient and more productive. More people can travel from A to B quickly, punctually and in comfort. To the benefit of all: bus operators, bus drivers and passengers“, said Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Daimler Trucks and Buses.

Daimler’s technology won’t put bus drivers out of work, as they will still grab the wheel occasionally, when the route is not suitable for automated driving. In order for the brand’s Future Bus to make transition from its current concept form to production, it will require separate lanes within BRT lines to be constructed.

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  • Andrewthecarguy

    I hope it will hold more people than that.

    • carmatt

      Had the same thought:-) Only few, young, relaxed passengers in the picture – reality would probably look less cool: crowded, stressed commuters with bikes, wheelchairs and strollers…
      Plus, the wireless charching point might be an open invitation to thieves just before/at the stops!

      • Mike Gonzalez

        LMAO exactly my thoughts… who’s going to just leave their phone there at the expense of some tricky thief!? definitely not me

  • MMNYC18

    Impressive!

  • rover10

    Considering it’s a city bus the seating arrangement is very silly. The layout is more like a hospitality lounge, than a practicable interior. No doubt the production arrangement will be more usable..

  • Christian

    Do you think its accidental that there is a Black, white and Asian guy in the same bus!! 😛

    • hukares

      to be more precise, a hip-hop black guy, a gay asian guy, and a tech savvy professional white guy. a typical point of view from Mercedes about people and race.

    • BGM

      Because they apparently can’t fit many more people in the bus, and there’s an absolute need for political correctness inclusiveness, the Asian guy was NOT born a guy and the white guy is identifies as a woman. Have we forgotten anyone?

      • Six Thousand Times

        Let’s see: Trump enthusiast?

        • gary4205

          Trump is a DEMOCRAT PIG, but political correctness is nothing more than fascism with a smile, so lighten up!

          • Six Thousand Times

            You sound really angry. Let’s both lighten up.

      • benT

        grandmother?

      • Christian

        Ya, those ppl who think they are cats!
        -And vampires…

        • Six Thousand Times

          Nope, black guy rides bus; everybody freak out!

          • Christian

            Nononoononon, Its white,Asian and Black guys ride a bus together and we freak out.

  • Enter Ranting

    Not much seating on that bus, which kind of defeats the purpose.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    i dont think people will trust an autonomous public transportation with their lives, not with the tech and infrastructure available now, too soon – other than that cool.

  • Craig

    I would attach a ‘curb feeler’ or two. Yikes!

  • BGM

    A bus like this – minus the ridiculous interior – is no more than a few years into the future. I used to live in Tenerife and the local bus company (TITSA) has MB, Scannia and Vantool buses, very nice, modern and useful. And that’s in the second poorest region in Spain (at least it was back then). Now i live in a world class city – Miami – where the buses look like they were used in Fallujah before they were sold to run on our streets. I will forward this link to city hall to see if it helps them in their purchasing. After all, in Miami Dade county we pay 13% higher sales tax than in the rest of the State just for our public transportation and, let me tell you, it’s (third) world class.

  • Socarboy

    My God! That has got to be the most set back front axle in history!

  • casho2015

    Sideway seats really!? Know how much they hurt after a very short journey? Fail

  • Poison_Eagle

    no mention of what it runs on…

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