The era of intelligent cars is here and the latest innovation proposed by Mercedes can even tell when you’re dozing off. More than this, though, the car, which is set to be unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, can even take control if it senses that you’re falling asleep.
This latest autonomous-machine relies on a system created by LG called ‘Advanced Driving Assistance System’. This kit uses a pair of cameras to keep track of the road ahead and chart your direction and keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists. Should your level of attention drop, the car can automatically slow the car down, steer within the lane and even dim the lights for you should other cars hove into view.
Aside from monitoring the road, this Mercedes is also able to track the driver’s alertness level and eye movements. Should the car deem that you’re about to fall asleep it can then automatically take control and sound an alarm to wake you up.
The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.
This concept car has been designed from the ground up as a self-driving machine, with an interior that Mercedes describes as a ‘mobile living space’. The four seats can either be configured in a standard forward-facing arrangement or facing each other, like banks of seating on trains. One element that makes this possible is the car’s sheer scale, at over 5m in length, with the wheels pushed to the far ends of the body.
Introducing the new concept, Head of Mercedes cars Dieter Zetsche said: “Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society.
“The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space."