"Driving" a self-driving Merc
What is it?
It's quite simple - the Highway Pilot E-Class is a driverless car. Which might sound a bit far-fetched, but isn't quite as 2030 as you'd imagine. Because the basic elements are already on sale. Quite a few cars these days have got lane guidance technology that stops you veering out of your lane on the motorway. And ‘active' cruise control - which maintains a constant distance to the car in front - has been around for years. So Merc has taken that tech, done what we hope is a reasonable amount of tweaking to the software, and created a car that will quite literally drive itself.