A recent Business Insider Intelligence indicated that there would be about 10 million self driving cars on the road by 2020 and car brands cannot ignore the mainstream applications of autonomous vehicles. Ford has seen success with its self parking features and now luxury car brands have committed to bringing self driving technology to market.
One of the bigger automotive news stories in 2015 was the debut of Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion self driving luxury car. And we are not talking about a hollowed out concept with some functionality. This car actually drove itself to SEMA in Las Vegas last January.
Luxury car makers understand that the essence to maintaining brand luster is to have the best and most advanced product on the market. Top brands such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have invested billions in bringing out cleaner luxury and are now focusing their resources on self driving vehicles.
Luxury and self-driving go hand in hand and hark back to the days of being chauffeured around in a beautiful sedan. The maker of the world’s best car does not disappoint with its F015 Luxury in Motion prototype. A large side door reveals a spacious cabin where 4 riders sit on high tech swivel captains chairs. Information and controls are conveyed through various touch screens throughout the passenger space. The technology doesn’t end with just driving as this machine can detect pedestrians through its many cameras and sensors, stop and project a laser outlined sidewalk while gently urging the the person to cross. The future is looking very bright and luxurious for self driving cars. T
The concept of a self driving car is not new and engineers have tried to tackle the challenge since the birth of the automobile. This handy infographic from Carleasingmadesimple.com give an interesting visual perspective on the history of the self-driving car:
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