Mercedes-Benz successfully tested the self-driving Internet of Things-enabled (IoT-enabled) “Future Bus with CityPilot” in Amsterdam. The bus covered 19-kilometer journey from Haarlem in Amsterdam to the international Schiphol airport, via a complicated route comprising of tunnels, multiple passenger stops, traffic lights, etc.
A mobility provider Daimler, which is a leading manufacturer of vehicles with automated driving functions, co-joined with Mercedes-Benz to design the bus. The technology of the CityPilot in the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus is based on IoT technology and it runs on the same network as that of local city road infrastructure.
The CityPilot can identify traffic lights, communicate with them, and safely negotiate junctions controlled by them. It can recognize the obstacles on roads such as a pedestrian and put the break automatically. The vehicle stops at the respective bus stops and the doors open and close by itself. It even runs through the tunnels safely.
In case, if the wireless connection gets interrupted, the bus uses visual recognition. There is a series of cameras embedded into the chassis of the bus to monitor the surroundings and to recognize the obstacles. There is also a GPS system.
Inside the bus, there is wireless connectivity, USB ports for the user devices, etc. Wifi via LTE-enabled routers with embedded SIMs acts as a relay for locally hosted entertainment content. Data transfer rates are automatically allocated based on the maximum number of users for each journey.
The bus has a top speed of 70 km/h on the open road.