Driverless Mercedes spotted in San Francisco
The driverless Mercedes vehicle Luxury in Motion has been seen out and about in San Francisco, kicking up a storm on social media platforms. The vehicle is not completely driverless, as there is somebody sitting behind the wheel; however, this is all part of the legal certification that allows Mercedes to test this type of vehicle on the roads of California.
The German luxury car manufacturer is now beginning to put the driverless vehicle through its paces. With its one-way tinted windows, however, nothing is being given away, as it is impossible for anybody to see inside. Luxury in Motion is utilising a dual hybrid drivetrain high-tech system similar to that found in the Chevrolet Volt. It has a range of 680 miles, with 125 miles achieved on battery power only. The hydrogen-powered electric generators kick-in for the remaining 555 miles. The name Luxury in Motion pretty much sums up what this car is all about. It has been built to give maximum comfort and minimum distraction, and with swivel seats and a cabin utilising pleasing to the eye organic materials, the inside resembles a lounge rather than the inside of a car. Mercedes has maximised the state-of-the-art technology and passengers can control most of the vehicle's features via touchscreen interactive gadgets.
Mercedes says that the car drives itself through a combination of "Real-time information coming from a wide stereo camera, three long-range radar sensors, four short-range radar sensors at the corners, a camera that detects traffic light colours and a rear window camera. This sensor array allows comparing physical features to the digital data and detect changes in traffic and road conditions."