The worldâ€™s largest bus manufacturer Daimler presented its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus at the World Premiere in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 2016. The Future Bus made its debut drive in the longest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) route in Amsterdam. Daimler became the first manufacturer to operate a city bus autonomously in real traffic.
For a long time now, the main objective of the buses has been to transfer public from point AÂ to pointÂ B. Much like cars, efficiency has become important for public transportation and the manufacturers have introduced Electric, Hybrid and Fuel-Cell Buses in the recent years. As a result, there is always a trade-off between efficiency and comfort.
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But Daimler has redefined the way we travel in busesÂ with its new Future Bus. The design is based on the prototype of the successful Citaro. The city bus has an innovative design and provides a unique travel experience.
Our aim is for members of the public to want to travel by bus, rather than feeling it’s something that they ought to be doing.
Said, Mathias Lenz, Head of Design at Daimler Buses.
The Future Bus uses CityPilot which is based on the autonomously driving Mercedes-Benz Actros truck with Highway Pilot. The Highway Pilot has been modified substantially to suit the city bus. The city bus can halt at bus stops, follow lanes, communicate with signals and brake for pedestrians and other barriers. The Future Bus completed its first autonomous drive in real traffic for approx. 20 km and can reach up to 70 km/hr.
In the year 2012 we asked ourselves what the bus of tomorrow could look like and it quickly became clear to us that autonomous driving would be an important theme.
The Future Bus has luminescent bands visible on the outer side: red for exit and green for entrance, which ensures there are no hustles. There are two 43-inch monitors that provide the route information for passengers. The passengers can authenticate their tickets with the help of the electronic ticket system.
The roof lightning resembles a leaf-like structure and the extremely spacious interiors evokes an ambience similar to a park. Internet is accessible inside the bus.
In the ‘lounge’ area nothing is like it would be in an average city bus. We wanted to create an open space where people can feel like they are in a park. We have deliberately used our lighting concept as a design element. The Future Bus is a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
The light bars next to the star indicate the driving mode: White lights represents manual while blue for autonomous mode. The driver acts as a supervisor and is able to take over the control if situation demands. The bus uses mirror cameras for rear views.
In conclusion, the future of public transportation looks promising!