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Daimler pioneering driverless bus technology

Daimler Buses operating autonomously in Amsterdam

Daimler pioneering driverless bus technology

It may not be good news for bus drivers, but Daimler Buses believes the future of the bus industry, in part, is driver-less.

Daimler pioneering driverless bus technologyThe giant German bus and truck manufacturer has been working with transport authorities in Amsterdam to pioneer autonomous bus technology.

The end result is a Mercedes-Benz bus (dubbed Future Bus) that is now driving autonomously on a route of approximately 20 kilometres.

Using what Daimler calls its CityPilot automation system, the bus drives at speeds up to 70 km/h, stops to the nearest centimetre at bus stops, brakes for obstacles or pedestrians and communicates with traffic signals.

While a driver is still on board at the moment monitoring the system, head of Daimler Truck and Bus Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, says so far the system has operated flawlessly.

“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.”

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Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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