Mercedes-Benz Develops Futuristic Golf Cart [Pics]
The all-electric Vision Golf Cart is a solar-charged concept vehicle that keeps golfers connected to other players, the clubhouse, and their devices.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-electric Vision Golf Cart at the 2013 Open Championship, a futuristic vehicle. It is powered by a battery and kept continuously charged by a solar module integrated into the roof.
Manual charging, which is used in conventional golf carts, is also possible. The vehicle is controlled via a joystick mounted on the centre console, meaning that either passenger can drive.
Inside there is a touchscreen, multimedia panel, rotatable docking station for an iPad or iPhone, and a USB interface. The golf cart has various functions such as loudspeakers, air-conditioning system, heads-up display, music system, and communication with the clubhouse or other golf carts.
Golfers can use these to receive weather and game updates, view the course layout, share their digital score card with others, or post their hole-in-one photo instantly. A “fore button” can be pressed to warn other players when a shot doesn’t go as planned.
The interior takes its design cues from a Mercedes-Benz car, with elegant and ergonomically shaped seats which are heated and ventilated and can be adjusted using controls on the side. The vehicle also features the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system developed by Mercedes-Benz, an integrated air-conditioning system, optional lightweight doors, a retractable lightning rod, and plenty of stowage space. Click through to see images of the Vision Golf Cart: