Daimler shows the autonomous city bus

A high on our bus driver, bus driver ... A high ... so it has probably sung every school class on a school trip. These times could be over, at least as far as city buses are concerned. Daimler shows how to do it with the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus. The large Mercedes two-door car completed its first autonomous journey on a route in 20 km in Amsterdam. Active: the City Pilot.

With up to 70 km / h, the so-called future bus runs on a section of Europe's longest express bus line. The impressive thing is that the autonomous omnibus stops at centimeters at stops or traffic lights. The passenger carrier automatically picks up speed again and drives through tunnels. And should there be an obstacle in his path, like a broken-down car or a pedestrian, the Mercedes bus brakes on its own.

World premiere: Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot - milestone on the way to autonomously driving city bus
Pretty modern: The ambiance is trimmed for the future

But it does not work without human intervention. On board there is still a driver monitoring the system. The decisive advantage for the driver, in contrast to buses used to date, is that the relief in the Future Bus is correspondingly high. On the other hand, of course, this could lead to abuse of one's position and lead the driver to devote himself to other things. But we do not want to accuse anyone. After all, the job of a driver is no easier and the discharge is therefore very welcome.

World premiere: Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot - milestone on the way to autonomously driving city bus
The next level of autonomous driving with the Mercedes Future Bus

Back to the bus, which, as a technology carrier, should above all drive the knowledge gained. The focus is on the further development of the city bus of the future, which should be completely free of emissions on its way. In addition, driver assistance systems such as Tesla - again discredited - wants to establish, be tested. As soon as the legal provisions have been formulated, even semi-autonomous driving in this area should be made socially acceptable. Until then, I agree again but the song and remember one of my school trips. "High on our bus driver, bus driver ..."

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