In November 2016, the industry publication busplaner presented the International busplaner Sustainability Award to the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus.
The industry publication busplaner presents the Sustainability Award in order to promote sustainable activity among companies in the bus and tourism sectors. This is the third time that busplaner has recognized products and ideas that contribute to protecting the environment and are therefore conducive to sustainability. The independent panel of experts comprises representatives of industry, science and the media. Judging was based on the main categories of strategy, tourism and technology, each of which was divided into five sub-categories. The partially automated Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot received the Sustainability Award in the Technology/Urban Regular Service Bus category.
The CityPilot can recognize traffic lights, communicate with them and traverse crossings safely. The system can also identify obstacles and pedestrians on the road, and brake independently. This forward-looking driving method improves efficiency and reduces fuel consumption.
"The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot demonstrates once again our leading role in the bus business. The benefits of the CityPilot for our customers are obvious: Our Future Bus boasts efficient fuel consumption and low wear and tear. This has a positive effect on maintenance, repair costs, useful life and availability," said Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses.
You can find out more about the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus here.