The technology is set to bring more safety for all road users. When vehicles are driving automated and communicating with each other, fewer accidents will occur – at least, that’s the expectation. After all, the number one source of error in traffic is that of humans.
Even so, the human brain manages complex tasks, the solution of which even the most intelligent algorithms have yet to master. “We are factoring in a very wide range of scenarios,” says Mercedes-Benz expert Uwe Keller, “playing through all permutations of possible decisions. What does the computer have to consider in which situation?”
Seamless interaction is crucial: how the sensors on the car perceive the environment, general traffic data, past experience, factors such as the weather, the time of day – the list is long. Lately, though, progress has been rapid. “When I look at what’s possible today, it’s incredible. Twenty years ago, I couldn’t have dreamed of this,” says Keller enthusiastically.
Today, assistance systems for drivers of Mercedes-Benz vehicles are already part of everyday life – and this is the second level of automation. Under the supervision of the driver, the Active Parking Assist parks the car, and the Active Stop-and-Go Assist supports at monotonous stop-and-go traffic. The potential for series production applications is ever increasing.