A Short History of MercedesBenz Autonomous Driving Technology

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A Short History of Mercedes-Benz Driving Technology

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Few know this, but back in the and 1990s, Mercedes-Benz was already with driverless vehicles can accelerate, brake, steer, and much make a trip traffic by themselves and not crash anyone.

It all started on October 1986, when the Eureka (Program for European Traffic Highest Efficiency and Unprecedented Pan-European project was launched by Daimler-Benz in cooperation with European car manufacturers, electronics and suppliers, institutes and universities.

The PROMETHEUS project was then the research and development program in when it comes to autonomous vehicles and related technologies, a total cost estimate in money of EUR 749 million.

Mercedes-Benz made a number of prototypes that culminated a re-engineered W140 S-Class technically drove almost by itself over 1678 (1043 miles) from to Copenhagen back in 1995.

with input from Dickmanns from the University of the autonomous W140 S-Class was saccadic computer vision, a of microprocessors and probabilistic approaches to in real time to road and conditions.

The steering, throttle and were controlled through commands based on a real-time of image sequences caught by cameras with different lengths for each hemispheres.


If some of our older users the computing power available in the 1990s can now be included in your smartphone, so Mercedes-Benz had to rely on transputers, which was a pioneering architecture with integrated from the 1980s.

In other the modified S-Class was carrying the of a supercomputer on board. Keep in that the technology had already miniaturized, since the original car was a Mercedes-Benz Vario in the 1980s, was chosen because it had sufficient space to carry all the necessary of the high-tech systems.

The S-Class W140 robot car speed of up to 185 km/h (115 while driving by itself on the managing to pass other and having little to no human while doing the 1678+ (1043+ miles) road

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The systems on board were to automatically track other and read road markings, so in ways they were the of modern day technologies we can see in certain cars, such as Pre-Safe, Plus with Steering StopGo Pilot and even Body Control.

“The pinnacle of intelligent car was reached with our VITA says Berthold Ulmer, engineer in Daimler-Benz Vehicle at the time. VITA was an acronym for “Vision Information Technology and was essentially a car with autopilot.

For who fear that such a is quite similar with the awakening in the Terminator movies, you know that the main behind the project was and still is not to the driver from the equation but to an accident free driving

“Automatic collision prevention was the key of this PROMETHEUS sub-project,” Ulmer, “we definitely did not to replace the driver by VITA.” In words, the researchers primarily to prove that accidents can be by means of computer vision.

The Eureka PROMETHEUS project only eight years, the first conclusions being to the public in October 1994, but continued to independently research technology.

This is 2013, and Mercedes-Benz has developed an in house RD in this field in the last few culminating with the S 500 Intelligent near-production concept car, on the W222 generation of the “Sonder The technology has evolved so far that we see autonomous driving in Mercedes-Benz cars as an option in just a few

This is the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Intelligent concept car recreating the world#039;s road trip completely by

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