An Overview of Mercedes-Benz Self-driving Vehicles

August 7th, 2018 by

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The driverless future draws ever-nearer, and Mercedes-Benz is one of the manufacturers leading the way forward.

Current Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Cars

Mercedes-Benz current semi-automated systems use interconnected cameras, radar systems, and sensors in order to prevent collisions and help you stay centered in your lane. With DISTRONIC PLUS® technology, your cruise control function will even keep you moving with the flow of traffic! These advanced features are already available across M-B’s lineup. You can learn more about your options by exploring our new vehicle specials and financing opportunities.

  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC PLUS®
  • Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function
  • Active Speed Limit Assist
  • PRESAFE® PLUS
  • Active Emergency Stop Assist

Future Plans

Drivers in the area surrounding Sacramento, Elk Grove, and Fair Oaks will no doubt be excited to learn that Mercedes-Benz self-driving vehicles will be driving around near San Francisco before the end of 2019! With the help of Daimler and Bosch, Mercedes-Benz is launching a self-driving shuttle that will service select routes, and select customers, in the area surrounding Silicon Valley.

When Daimler and Bosch announced their partnership in 2017, they made it clear that they wanted to occupy the cutting edge of the market for driverless cars. At that time, the detailed their plans to put out a self-driving Mercedes-Benz by the end of 2021. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.

CASE Program

The Mercedes-Benz plans for the future are effectively summarized in their CASE program and plan. The letters that form CASE stand for Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services, and Electric—and these concepts are the four pillars of Mercedes-Benz vision for self-driving cars.

    • Connected: Everything in your life is connected. Why should your car be left out? Future models will be able to sync with all your devices in simple, intuitive, and exciting ways.
    • Autonomous: Autonomous vehicles don’t suffer from the attention deficits that afflict all drivers on the road, and since they can’t be distracted, they’ll be able to prevent the vast majority of collisions. With that said, autonomous vehicles aren’t just safer—they’re also a means by which you can regain control of the time you spend on the road.
    • Shared & Services: By partnering with other technology companies and developing applications of their own, the engineers at Mercedes-Benz are making it easier than ever to share one’s ride, access a vehicle at a moment’s notice, or plan a trip that requires multiple different modes of transport.
    • Electric: The signs of the times couldn’t be more clear: self-driving cars will run on electric power. The engineer at Mercedes-Benz are planning to launch as many as ten battery-powered electric cars by the time 2022 rolls around.

 

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