Daimler Also Aiming for Self-Driving Cars by 2020

Daimler Also Aiming for Self-Driving Cars by 2020

Following in the footsteps of other automakers such as Nissan, BMW and GM, Mercedes parent company Daimler has announced that it plans to have a self-driving vehicle available by 2020.

What’s bigger news, however, is that the German automaker wants the claim of being the first to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles. Development chief Thomas Weber boasted that Daimler will accomplish that in this decade.

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Daimler is focusing on highly automated driving technologies in which its vehicles master situations such as cruising on the highway or maneuvering through traffic jams on their own. In difficult situations such as traffic lights or urban city driving, the vehicle would give control back to the driver. While that’s not a fully-autonomous vehicle, that sort of technology could ease its way on the market better with more general consumer acceptance.

Research and development on autonomous vehicles have been picking up steam thanks to the success of Google’s fleet of self-driving cars. Automakers are working in combination with major technology corporations in order to make the technology a reality in the coming years.

[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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