The new 2014 S-class interior during tests in
Google has been working on the technology for a driverless car for a number of years now. Google’s Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and his team created the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and its $2 million prize from the United States Department of Defense.
Google has had good results in testing and even convinced the State of
to license a Toyota Prius modified with Google's experimental driverless technology. But Google seems only interested in designing and marketing the technology to auto makers not developing the actual car. Nevada
The new 2014 E-class coupe
Now Mercedes-Benz has announced the introduction of
Intelligent Drive – an array of convenience and safety technology that will be available on a number of 2013 and 2014 models, including not only the new S-class and E-class cars, but also the new entry-level CLA car.
“We’re 70 to 80% of the way to autonomous driving”, Bart Herring, Mercedes’ top
planner told Automotive News. The hardest remaining part, he said, is road infrastructure. US
Great. Hopefully the new self-driving Benzes will signal their turns and lane changes, because most of the arrogant S-class and GL-class drivers can’t be bothered.