Driverless electric shuttle bus displayed by Bosch at CES 2020

An autonomous shuttle bus put on display at CES in Las Vegas by German tech giant Bosch gives a glimpse at what the future of inner-city transport may look like. 

The spacious electric vehicle is a concept which features interactive screens for every passenger as well as high-tech camera systems used to ensure no belongings have been forgotten - and ensure no chewing gum is left stuck to the seats.  

Passengers will climb in and out of the vehicle using Bosch's own keyless entry system.

It forms part of its growing Internet of Things initiative and shows off its market-leading sensors and hardware.  

The Sony Vision S car unveiled at CES this year was a similar idea, with Sony trying to muscle in on the autonomous car market by making its own hardware.   

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The cube-shaped electric vehicle is a concept and will likely never make it into production but showcases the plethora of tech Bosch makes

The cube-shaped electric vehicle is a concept and will likely never make it into production but showcases the plethora of tech Bosch makes

The shuttle forms part of its growing Internet of Things initiative and displays the market-leading sensors and technology it creates

The shuttle forms part of its growing Internet of Things initiative and displays the market-leading sensors and technology it creates

Bosch Chief Technical Officer Michael Bolle speaks on stage at the Bosch press conference at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Bosch Chief Technical Officer Michael Bolle speaks on stage at the Bosch press conference at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Bosch's shuttle is equipped with radars, ultrasonic sensors, braking control systems, and power steering components made by itself. 

It also comes with a map-based localisation software to determine the shuttle's precise location. 

Camera-based sensors check the cabin to make sure no belongings have been left behind and have become so sensitive they can now identify a piece of gum on the seat or a spilled cup of coffee. 

Bosch sees itself joining the market first through a software system it is creating to allow the booking of autonomous shuttles. 

'In the future, every vehicle on the road will make use of Bosch digital services,' says Dr Markus Heyn, member of the board of management at Bosch . 

It is equipped with various aspects of Bosch's latest creations that could be applied to any ride-sharing system, the company claims.     

The concept is shaped to maximise interior space and is fitted with huge side windows to give the best possible view of the outside to the four passengers

The concept is shaped to maximise interior space and is fitted with huge side windows to give the best possible view of the outside to the four passengers

At this year's CES Bosch booth the shuttle was showcased with its 'light, airy, minimalistic design, a futuristic outer shell made of display screens and glass, and a spacious interior'

At this year's CES Bosch booth the shuttle was showcased with its 'light, airy, minimalistic design, a futuristic outer shell made of display screens and glass, and a spacious interior'

One passenger would be able to track their trip progress on an interactive screen while another watches a film on a streaming platform while someone else uses it to check the weather at the weekend.

One passenger would be able to track their trip progress on an interactive screen while another watches a film on a streaming platform while someone else uses it to check the weather at the weekend.

Screens inside the shuttle can be used individually or shared by two or more riders if they want to enjoy the same content

Screens inside the shuttle can be used individually or shared by two or more riders if they want to enjoy the same content

At this year's CES Bosch booth the shuttle was showcased with its 'light, airy, minimalistic design, a futuristic outer shell made of display screens and glass, and a spacious interior'.

The concept is shaped to maximise interior space and is fitted with huge side windows to give the best possible view of the outside to the four passengers.  

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