Safer, efficient and productive city bus
Mercedes-Benz announces new autonomous Future Bus with CityPilot
MERCEDES-Benz has announced the pilots of its first autonomous buses that can be steered with the CityPilot system.
Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the board of management of Daimler AG for Daimler Trucks & Buses, said: “With our Highway Pilot, we showed nearly two years ago that autonomous driving will make long-distance truck transport safer and more efficient. We are now putting this technology into our city buses with CityPilot.
“The system is a further development of Highway Pilot, especially for big cities. It allows us to drive partially autonomously on specially marked bus lanes. This makes public transport safer, more efficient and more productive.”
Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses, said: “In addition to our strong product range, it’s above all our technological competence and innovative strength that make Daimler buses so successful worldwide.
“The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot once again demonstrates our leading role in the bus business. We will claim this position also in the future. That’s why we are investing approximately €200 million (R3,1 billion) in the further development of our city-bus portfolio.
“The advantages of CityPilot for our customers are clear: our Future Bus operates fuel efficiently and with minimal stress on the engine. That has a positive impact on operating and maintenance costs, vehicle lifetime and availability.”
The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus is much more than just a technology carrier for autonomous driving. For this city bus, the Daimler buses team has developed a specific, attractive vision for public transport that breaks with many conventions.
The roughly 12-metre long solo bus on the basis of the global bestseller Citaro goes completely new ways in terms of design. For example, it appeals with an asymmetrical and thus more modern and attractive exterior design.
The interior is open and light with the low-floor divided into three areas: the “service” area is at the front near the driver; the “express” area for short journeys with a focus on standing room; and quick passenger flow is in the middle.
Behind that is a “lounge” area where passengers spend more time. Their smartphones can be charged wirelessly, inductively that is.
The completely redesigned cockpit is an integrated part of the whole space. The driver receives the required information on a large display and an electronic ticket system dispenses with the conventional selling and checking of tickets by the driver. The ticket system is an important element of the bus’s connectivity.
— Witness Reporter..
The lounge area of the new autonomous Mercedes-Benz bus.