Mercedes just revealed the bus of the future - and it looks awesome

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Mercedes-Benz just passed a major milestone in autonomous public transportation.

The company's semi-autonomous bus, called the Future Bus, drove a little more than 12 miles from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to Haarlem, a city just outside Amsterdam. The bus's journey was especially impressive because the route included traffic lights, tunnels, and required the bus to navigate around people.

Mercedes is betting self-driving buses like its Future Bus will grow in demand as urban populations continue to increase and more public transportation is needed.

"We are living in an increasingly urban world. Cities are home to more than 50% of the world's population. And the number keep increasing rapidly," said Wolfgang Bernhard, the CEO of Daimler Trucks and Buses, at a press event Monday. "If more and more people eat, sleep, and work in cities, a number of big challenges emerge. One major challenge is to move all of these people and to move them fast, safely, and comfortably. This means we need attractive, public transportation."

Here's a closer look at some of the features of Mercedes' self-driving Future Bus and how it works.

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