Mercedes Benz has been in the business of producing slick cars. The automobile company recently unveiled a luxury self-driving future bus.
The future bus is said to be useful in local transportation.
It functions on Daimler’s City Pilot technology. The technology integrates the bus with the city’s traffic light systems network.
Thus equipped with 10 cameras and long and short-range radar systems. This keeps the bus in touch with its surroundings and also helps the bus define its movement on the road. The bus has an automatic braking system.
The future bus has 3 compartments – the service zone (front area); express zone (middle area) and the lounge zone (back area).
The middle area is designed for passengers who are travelling short distances; while the back area is for passengers who are making longer trips.
The semi-autonomous future bus has undergone a test run. The bus went from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to the town of Haarlem. The reason for that specific route is to see how well it fares with multiple bends, tunnels, and traffic lights. The test was to prove the efficiency of City Pilot technology.
Mercedes Benz is impressed that the future bus successfully navigated a route of more than 20 kilometers. In time the firm hopes to advance the achievement. It is worthy to mention that Google’s self-driving cars can travel over 1 million kilometers.
Despite the satisfaction of the automobile firm over the achievement, local laws advocates that the future bus initiative employs the services of a human driver who will take charge in cases of emergency.
However, Mercedes-Benz maintains that the City Pilot Technology is safe and efficient enough to take care of emergencies. The firm says that the bus which has a top speed of 70 km per hour (43 mph) has been programmed to drive gently and smoothly even in the busiest of roads.
The firm recognizes the invention as a means to improve the public transport systems as city populations increase by the day.