Self-driving technology may have seen a real success in the past few months, and that claim was buttressed after this Mercedes-Benz bus covered a distance of 12 miles with no assistance, as it drove itself throughout the journey. This will be CityPilot’s most extensive step taken towards a completely autonomous public transportation.
The bus was driven in the Netherlands on the route that connected the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam with Haarlem. While covering this distance, the bus had to stop at traffic lights, pass through tunnels and even navigate among pedestrians.
This will be one of the most successful drives of the Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus program, which was an offshoot from the truck-focused highway pilot program that was started two years ago. This program has not faced the challenge of navigating the urban environment as they have successfully managed it, and we can see the effect of that on this future bus.