Mercedes Leads the Race to Build Autonomous Cars

Look mum, no hands! Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive has driven itself 125km through Germany without driver intervention

MERCEDES-BENZ has demonstrated its capabilities with self-driving technology and provided a glimpse of the future by successfully driving its prototype S-Class from Mannheim to Pforzheim without driver intervention.

Mercedes has successfully tested autonomous vehicles before. For example, in 1995 its autonomous S-Class successfully completed a trip from Munich to Copenhagen and back.

The new S500 Intelligent Drive is the latest iteration of self-driving technology, and the most advanced fully autonomous vehicle ever produced by Mercedes. What’s more, most of the ¬†technology in the concept car is already in the current S-Class. The future is not far away!

With a hat-tip to history, the test drive followed the same route that Bertha Benz (wife of founder Karl Benz) followed in 1888 when she demonstrated the long distance potential of the world’s first car, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.