The self-driving car: it's coming
Govt pledges a £10m prize for driverless car research. TG's Paul Horrell investigates
Posted: 04 Dec 2013
For Mercedes more than almost any other carmaker, self-driving is a good fit. Herrtwich says: "It's a combination of safety and comfort. And those are two of our brand values. It takes us toward accident-free driving." Sure, the system hasn't attained total reliability yet - Herrtwich admits it's not great in the dark, and rain will upset the on-board cameras' vision. But he adds: "In developing this S-Class we gained lots of confidence." You can be sure when it goes on sale it'll be more consistent than we are, and less prone to lapses of concentration or tiredness or ill-temper. Thus safer. And as to the comfort, call it luxury if you like, he says it's nice to have the choice of driving or not. "More and more people say that driving is fun, but not in every situation." He says you'd let the car take over in traffic, or long hauls, or a routine commute.