MERCEDES IS TESTING A SEMI-AUTONOMOUS BUS IN AMSTERDAM
The “Future Bus” hits the 20 kilometers long road in Amsterdam from the Schiphol Airport to Haarlem and with its integrated cameras, navigation system, it is online connected to the city’s traffic lights and control signals automatically. The test drive was a full success.
Daimler Buses, which works with Mercedes-Benz together introduced the features of the bus. Having a 70 km / h speed, the bus has no problem in recognizing the pedestrians and stops immediately. The future bus is clever enough to memorize the possible defects the roads may have and reports it back the traffic station, thus avoiding the next driving time any problems to occur. The comfortable bus drive is enriched with wireless charging possibility and has special designed seats.
Although these technological buses do not have a driver, they surely need an operator in it or at the station controlling the bus’s features.
The Daimler company announced that until 2020, they have a budget for around 200 million €uros for a new portfolio and certainly are supporting technologies like the ones of the future bus.
As for the time being, the tested buses are not in full usage but the “City Pilot” system which is now introduced by Mercedes-Benz proofs how the research & development studies are directed in this way.
Source: EcoWatch, Gaia Magazine