Mercedes Benz Vision For Self Driving Car Of The Future

March 24, 2015

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This are several videos of Mercedes Benz's vision of the future: the F015 concept car. It can drive itself autonomously, has four chairs that can swivel in any direction, a manual steering wheel that folds out Flight Of The Navigator style in case you're really bored of having sex while your car drives itself, lasers, cool light effects, and kinda looks like a confused spaceship. I dunno, whenever I think of a car of the future I think of something a little more...how do I put this? "Able to fly." Wow, you really do have a way with words. You are like the yin to my yang. Jk jk, you are like my mortal enemy, prepare to die.

Keep going for the videos, the first of which strangely features a man trying to cross the road in the middle of the dessert at night (around the 10:00 mark). There are also two more videos after that, including one of an actual build of the model driving around in San Francisco.

Thanks to Insignificant Iguana, who has sent me three tips today from three different names and may or may not be having an identity crisis.

  • As for me, I've consigned myself to probably never own one of these. I
    would love to have one, but the fact that I live in a snow belt makes
    it uneconomical. I guarantee you that those things would not be able to
    handle on snow or ice, somethin that I have to deal with six months out
    of the year. I would need something that handles well when I switch it
    to manual, and that means I need good suspension, windshield wipers,
    variable headlights, rear view mirrors, and the ability to start the car
    manually when the temperature drops below zero. I know this is just a
    concept car, but the concept just isn't practical for the real world.
    Maybe, MAYBE, it could work in a city with a well built transit system,
    but that's just about the best you could hope for.

  • Zachary Zarko

    I want one - but only if the windows are permanently painted over and the stereo system only blasts techno and has no volume control or off switch.

  • archer923

    There's no manual control? I don't see the seats filp-able while in motion. I would like to see that option in there. What happens if you do get into a problem. The cars fully disabled. Or what if you're in an area that doesn't support the system.

  • GreyMatter

    Will the vehicle overtake the little old Lady going 30 below the speed limit?

  • Autogefühl means Car- Feeling. Actually its like taking the Bus.

  • Grand Old Drummer

    Why was that first video 30 minutes long!? I got about 3 minutes into it and was expecting some kind of voice over and the song started over and it just seemed to loop again with added scenes. Sweet Zombie Jesus!

    Also, the whole "let pedestrians have the right of way" thing is dangerous. Yeah, maybe your car is friendly and lights a path for some jerk walking around in the desert to cross the road, but what happens when someone is coming the other way or blasts around or through you on that highway? The twist ending is that he was hitchhiking and your bloodthirsty car decided to force him to walk into traffic.

  • Jenness

    Great yet another "smart" device to connect me to work 24/7.

    As much technology as I have, one would think I'd be the smartest, fittest, least stressed person alive - but being honest, there is not a single internet-connected device that has enhanced my life for the better in any meaningful way.

    It's only created an environment of constant work, no personal time and interactions with others that are completely subpar compared to pre-technology communications and robbed people of skills that sharpen the mind and body.

    But it's like a drug based on fear. I remember driving around without a phone and not being terrified of getting into a wreck or having a flat tire, knowing I would just 'deal with it'. Now if I leave the house and suspect for a moment my phone isn't with me it's like someone saying "What kind of mother are you?" because the propaganda of fear is so thick that we forget that we can be perfectly "OK" w/out all of this.

  • steve holt

    that was very well put, and the definitive word on the situation.

  • timeiskey

    ... UHM wat

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    I think the spambot is infecting her.

  • dillerberry

    Am I the only one that just doesnt trust a self driving car? On the other hand it would help those that just suck at driving.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    I don't trust human drivers. The less humans driving on roads the better will it be.

  • Forgoten Null

    As far as I'm aware, they work incredibly well and it's one of those things where if everyone drove one then accidents would plummet. However, that doesn't mean they don't have issues, I doubt that they can handle mechanical issues as well as a trained human can. For example, say the alignment is off, what's to stop the car from swerving into a ditch at 60mph? Probably nothing until someone programs the car and tells it exactly what to do in that situation, and since you can't predict everything the best it's probably going to be able to do for a long time is to just pull over to the side of the road when something bad happens.

    As for me, I've consigned myself to probably never own one of these. I would love to have one, but the fact that I live in a snow belt makes it uneconomical. I guarantee you that those things would not be able to handle on snow or ice, somethin that I have to deal with six months out of the year. I would need something that handles well when I switch it to manual, and that means I need good suspension, windshield wipers, variable headlights, rear view mirrors, and the ability to start the car manually when the temperature drops below zero. I know this is just a concept car, but the concept just isn't practical for the real world. Maybe, MAYBE, it could work in a city with a well built transit system, but that's just about the best you could hope for.

  • timeiskey

    you are wrong.
    nothing is explicitly programmed. these things use neural nets

  • Forgoten Null

    Ok, but what does that actually mean? I'm looking at an article on neural networks now, but I'm still not convinced that it will be as intuitive as a human user when it comes to any issues that come up. Will it react faster when I hit a patch of black ice on the road? Probably. Will it figure out what it needs to do quickly enough so that it doesn't slide me into a ditch? Maybe. Will it be able to compensate for the oversteer when it hits solid pavement again? That's where my trust dies.

    A machine that can learn on it's own is a cool concept, but drivinging isn't really about learning so much as it is about being intuitive. Because it might be nice for the car to figure out what it needs to do after it hits the patch of ice for the third time, but that doesn't mean anything if I'm hugging a telephone pole the first time it happens and it reacts incorrectly.

  • timeiskey

    put on some clothes, your ignorance is showing

  • GeneralDisorder

    I would assume that traction control was one of the first lessons. If all four wheels are on ice of the exact same consistency (say, a well polished ice rink) you're gonna have problems. Sadly I don't think there's any available video of real-world tests involving traction control and automated vehicles. There is however a handful of videos supporting electric propulsion as the best choice for traction control (because it can happen in real time if you have either a front and rear motor or 4 individual hub motors).

    I wouldn't be overly concerned with alignment because alignment is something that goes out gradually and I would assume the accelerometers would notice and compensate for steering issues up until component failure like bad ball joint, bad tie rod, etc. Even something like a wheel bearing takes a good bit of heat and friction to lock up. Your small electric overly sensored autopilot car should be measuring both power input and acceleration. If there's consistently a problem moving one wheel, it'll know before you do and having replaced 5 front bearings on my 2000 Sunfire I thankfully no longer own, they make a crapload of noise before actually stopping.

  • timeiskey

    these things are faster than you at motor skills, and will soon be smarter.

    its too late for you my friend. REPENT

  • GeneralDisorder

    Robots are terrifying but for some reason robot cars are not. I'm a hypocrite I know.

  • Zirthran

    so many thoughts, were to begin...

    this is an half-hour commercial!? i dont have time (or the attention-span) for more than a 3 minute video

    so in the future everybody will be rich enough to have a mercedes, or the poor people just live underground?

    can i personalize the car voice? cause i want-it to sound like Mr. T

    ...and, in the future there will still exist touch-screens? cause the new thing right now is gesture

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