The German automobile manufacturer Mercedes is working to build autonomous cars that will act like an assistant to its owner. Their goal is to make a car that will make your life easier. As more and more automobile companies push the edge and try to get ahead in the race, they have to work extremely hard to get there.
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According to Autocar UK, the chairman of the board at Daimler, Dr. Dieter Zetche, Mercedes-Benz wants to come up with a car that will allow itself to communicate with its surrounding, find a parking spot, and even figure out the best way to travel. These are all short-term goals that are achievable within the next few years.
Dr. Zetsche said "We've already begun testing community-based parking in Stuttgart together with our partners at Bosch," and "It works using car sensors that can find empty spaces along a road and then share the information with the Mercedes back-end database. That information is then shared with other Mercedes cars."
The new feature will have a car that acts as a personal assistant - it will know navigational destinations, works allotted, setting up meeting calls, noting calendars, and more.
Dr. Zetsche said, "Everyone is talking about digitalization and connected cars, but software alone will not be able to take you from A to B. It is the total package that will take you from A to B."
The vehicles will also have health and wellbeing sensors so that any health problems while driving can bee monitored and adjusted for the driver's and passenger's health. This could include things like lighting, seat height, and temperature.
"It's our goal that a passenger gets out of a Mercedes in better condition than when they got in," he explained. "The car will use its sensors to monitor the health and wellbeing of passengers, and then adjust settings to improve your situation and blood pressure.
According to Autocar UK, Dr. Zetsche said "We do not know exactly what the car will look like in 10 years from now, but we do know it will be of greater value for all of us," and he added "That's why our cars have begun to become quality time machines, to hand back time to let you do what you want. But that time will always include driving a car for pure pleasure. We will certainly never forget that at Mercedes," he concluded.