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Mercedes Self-Driving Car Senses When Its Driver Is Tired

Mercedes Self-Driving Car Senses When Its Driver Is Tired
Innovation

A host of autonomous features makes the new S-Class leader of the pack for automotive engineering.

Ross Brooks
  • 21 may 2013

The latest version of the Mercedes S-Class was revealed last week in Hamburg, Germany. What makes this car stand out, is not so much the specifications, but the special features – including hot stone massages in the reclining seats and the ability to sense when the driver needs to sleep.

What makes this car so different from those that have gone before is the ability to be almost entirely autonomous. The car can park itself, brake automatically to avoid hitting humans and other cars, as well as detect when the driver is fatigued and needs to rest. There are also a few luxury options such as cup holders that can keep your drink hot or cold, depending on season or preference.

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The system in the S-Class has been compared to those used by the airline industry, acting almost entirely on their own, with a human needed just to makes sure nothing goes wrong. Future versions of the car could even be able to change lanes at high speeds.

Daimler is leading the way to a virtual chauffeur that could be responsible for your journey, while you simply sit back and relax. Other manufacturers are developing similar technology, but predictions from German engineers say that it could take a decade for the technology to be fully functional.

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