This! Who is driving that car?
Mercedes-AMG programmed a GT 4-door Coupe automatically drives around the test track at up to 170km/h, to demonstrate advanced driver assistance systems.
As shown in a YouTube video uploaded by Mercedes-AMG, this high-speed autonomous driving technology is not yet available on public roads.
Controlled mainly by a high-precision GPS tracking system with in-car motion sensors, Mercedes-AMG engineers have added various computers to make the vehicle fully autonomous on the ground. The route has been mapped, pre-determined.
The vehicle is viewed remotely and information is sent to the vehicle through a special interface on the dashboard. The GT 4-door Coupe can also initiate an automatic lap on the track with a single click.
This high-speed autopilot can control the vehicle’s speed, steering, engine and brakes.
At the top of the track segment, there were no drivers in the autonomous GT 4-door Coupe, but those present jumped in after a couple of hot laps.
For several laps, the car is being driven on autopilot, the presenters don’t touch any of the vehicle’s controls, and it’s remotely monitored by an engineer.
One of Mercedes-AMG’s driver assistance systems engineers called the autonomous driving system “very reproducible”, as in the YouTube video the car can clock exactly the same time. each round.
This isn’t the first time an automaker has implemented autopilot on the track. Audi previously held an event in 2015 where it drove an autonomous vehicle RS7 around the Sonoma Raceway in California.
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) also programmed Custom GR Supra for auto drift around obstacles on a closed track.
TRI says the auto-drift technology can calculate a new trajectory every 20 seconds, keeping the car balanced as it goes around the track.
Mercedes-Benz recently announced it take full legal responsibility when the automatic driving system SAE Level 3 Drive Pilot is operating.
Sugar & Sugar previously reported, Mercedes-Benz is responsible for any accidents caused during a test drive, regardless of the driver’s attention or not.
The German automaker has confirmed that it is seeking approval to use the system on California and Nevada motorways at speeds below 64km/h (40mph) by the end of 2022.
This particular system is best used in heavy or congested traffic situations where it is designed to reduce stress on the driver.