Thanks to Mercedes “The Self-Driving Buses” Stuff Is About to Get Real

Mercedes has debuted its latest autonomous driving technology in something other than a luxury saloon.

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The ‘Future Bus’, based on a standard Citaro bus, is able to drive itself safely in urban conditions, with Mercedes showcasing the technology by taking it on a 12-mile journey without human input. The autonomous system, dubbed CityPilot, still requires a driver to be on board due to legislation, but can obey most traffic laws and red lights.

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The Future Bus uses new ‘V2I’ (vehicle- to-infrastructure) technology, allowing it to communicate with traffic signals and other buses to ensure safe manoeuvres. It is even able to sense when passengers are boarding and departing.

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The interior is also unlike any normal bus you’ll see on the road, as it has been designed to resemble a living room. The exterior also gets futuristic light signatures and geometric patterns to help distinguish it from a regular bus.

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