Mercedes pilots a semi-autonomous bus in Amsterdam

Mercedes-Benz is looking to looking to bolster public transport by making buses operate “even more safely, efficiently, and comfortably” with the eventual rollout of technology from its semi-autonomous CityPilot bus.

Mercedez-Benz semi autonomous bus

The auto giant said in a statement: “The CityPilot is able to recognize traffic lights, communicate with them, and safely negotiate junctions controlled by them. It can also recognise obstacles, especially pedestrians on the road, and brake autonomously.”

The vehicle was piloted earlier this week in Amsterdam, using the bus to reduce “a human bus driver’s workload” by recognizing and reacting to city-based obstacles.

While it’s unlikely the Future Bus will see widespread production in its current form, it’s a cornerstone of the auto firm’s research in “developing the bus transport system of tomorrow”.

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