This is the future of car tech
Virtual Mercs and Mustang pinball: Pat Devereux reports from the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show
Posted: 09 Jan 2014
Predictive User Experience
A little creepier than the DriveStyle app, Merc's predictive prototype watches everything you do and where you go - and how you go - in the car and learns it. Do something more than once and it's a habit that's logged and stored.
Designed so that your Merc will become your ‘automotive companion', the system currently studies 34 different use parameters, from the number of occupants, weather conditions, time of day, etc and generates a range of options for the driver. Things like ‘tet the kids from school', ‘go to the supermarket' or ‘back to the sweatshop'.
The driver then just picks whichever one they want and the car optimises the route, taking everything into consideration other than your feelings. Merc says the final version of this system will monitor 120 parameters, so standby for your car to act as your shrink as well as your navigator and driver before long.