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The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus sends out unmistakable messages about the attractive local public transport of the future.

Future Bus: Revolutionary design.

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus sends out unmistakable messages about the attractive local public transport of the future. Its design intentionally breaks with conventions.

Exterior: Form and function.

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus intentionally breaks with conventions, standard design and spatial concepts for city buses. The exterior and interior design is an extraordinary symbiosis of form and function. The front section impresses with its clear layout. Below the windscreen the Mercedes star as a trademark is the centrepiece. The illumination of the paddles left and right in white (manual) and blue (semi-automated) indicate the current driving status of the bus.

The usual doors facing the cockpit and behind the rear axle are omitted – instead passengers enter and leave the bus via two double-width doors between the axles. The rear end also has a new design. The corner pillars are formed like a frame, indicating stability. The rear lights are likewise new. The strip between the rear lights indicates the driving mode: it lights up in blue during semi-automated driving, and in white during manual operation.

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus intentionally breaks with conventions and standard design and spatial concepts for city buses.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus opens up completely new perspectives on the urban public transport of tomorrow.

Interior: A passenger’s dream.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus opens up completely new perspectives on the urban public transport of tomorrow. The floor covering is in scratched white/light blue with sparkling inserts. A light strip makes orientation in the interior easier. This changes colour between white (manual mode) and blue (semi-automated mode) depending on the operating status of the bus. The passenger seats are arranged along the walls in asymmetrical groups. The seats are shining white shells with a padded surface and a light-green backrest. The design idiom combines classic seat contours with zeitgeist influences.

Interior: A passenger’s dream.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus opens up completely new perspectives on the urban public transport of tomorrow. The floor covering is in scratched white/light blue with sparkling inserts. A light strip makes orientation in the interior easier. This changes colour between white (manual mode) and blue (semi-automated mode) depending on the operating status of the bus. The passenger seats are arranged along the walls in asymmetrical groups. The seats are shining white shells with a padded surface and a light-green backrest. The design idiom combines classic seat contours with zeitgeist influences.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus opens up completely new perspectives on the urban public transport of tomorrow.

Information via large monitors.

Apart from its appearance and choice of materials, the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus also breaks new ground with respect to information technology and the associated connectivity. Passengers receive information from two 43-inch monitors. These are embedded in an overhead console in the central zone of the passenger compartment.

Apart from its appearance and choice of materials, the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus also breaks new ground with respect to information technology and the associated connectivity.
The current speed is shown digitally in the centre, and symbolically also the route ahead with the next traffic lights and bus stops, plus the distances to them.

Cockpit: Innovative driver area.

Conventional instruments are replaced by an informative 12.3-inch display with specific information. The current speed is shown digitally in the centre, and symbolically also the route ahead with the next traffic lights and bus stops, plus the distances to them. The central instrument also points out vehicles ahead, or any obstacles on the road, and indicates the distance to them.

If the bus is driven in manual mode by a driver, a second speedometer is added as a dial instrument with segments, and the figures in the digital display become larger.

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