Meet a new city pilot "The Future Bus", Mercedes-Benz' answer to future transportation in urban areas. The goal is to deliver seamless autonomous transportation to the masses. The luxurious bus is designed to drive itself.
Officially, it was tested last year in Amsterdam for some 12-mile range. The bus also packs some amazing features like image recognition and so on - reportedly it can recognize traffic lights, steer through tunnels, and can recognize pedestrians and bicyclists.
It is also designed and programmed to detect and pull over at bus stops, where passengers can either embark or disembark the bus. It packs lots of sensors to detect metal, oncoming vehicles, road signs and road markings.
Reportedly, it has a top speed of 43 mph and can only run on bus lanes only for easier accessibility and navigation. The bus uses camera systems, radar sensors, and GPS to perform its navigational functions.
Mercedes is claiming that the Future Bus is also more fuel efficient than your average city bus operated by a human because the City Pilot system is always braking, accelerating and shifting gears to optimize efficiency.
Inside, it's a paradise in its own class. Premium seating plans and inspiring aesthetics light up the interior with a lounge-like design.
There's WiFi and two 43-inch displays stationed in the bus for entertainment, news, routes and other relevant information.