Mercedes-Benz unveiled its S-Class Intelligent Drive autonomous car ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The manufacturer revealed that the car had completed a 103km journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim. And unlike other autonomous driving tests, it completed 50km in cross country roads and 53km through city streets.
However, despite the positive results, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler, Dr Thomas Weber, revealed that this kind of technology wouldn’t be standard on the next S-Class facelift, but did say. “My personal estimate is: We will be driving autonomously in a Mercedes before the end of this decade.”
Weber pointed to three key stumbling blocks currently in the way of autonomous driving. The first is the need for more computer power for data processing, optimising map for data orientation as well as talking to legislators on making road traffic laws fit for this technology.
The maker also explained that it had used only sensor technology that are already being used on the new S-Class, but increase their number to match the higher demands.
Discussing whether or not people are ready for self-driving car, Weber commented. “Nobody wants a ‘big brother’ in the car. However, a friend who frees us from chores or helps us in complex situations is very welcome.”