Mercedes-Benz Unveils Self-Driving Car

by Burke Speaker | September 13, 2013 9:57 am

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Self-Driving Car

A Mercedes-Benz that will self-drive in most conditions should be available by 2020, German automaker Daimler (DDAIF[1]) announced.

The luxury car was revealed at this week’s Frankfurt car show.

From the Daily Mail:[2]

The German car maker has been working on improving its driverless technology over the past few years and recently became the world’s first car manufacturer to demonstrate autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic.

Last month, a Mercedes Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle, drove autonomously through a 100-kilometre-long route from Mannheim to Pforzheim in Germany. With the aid of its highly automated ‘Route Pilot’, the vehicle was able to negotiate its own way through dense urban and rural traffic.

The driverless S-Class was also able to deal with some difficult situations involving traffic lights, roundabouts, pedestrians, cyclists and trams.

The move could help the company regain its lead ahead of rival BMW (BMW[3]).

Endnotes:
  1. DDAIF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DDAIF
  2. From the Daily Mail:: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2418526/Self-driving-Mercedes-Benz-sale-2020-unveiled.html
  3. BMW: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BMW

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