Mercedes-Benz will start selling cars that can fully drive themselves by 2020. But it won’t launch a special vehicle just for that purpose. Rather, it looks to incorporate autonomous driving technology into its regular lineup, most likely starting with its flagship model, the S-Class.
“Our approach is, let’s not do it with a special car with a lot of antennas, let’s do it with a standard car,” said Thomas Weber, head of product engineering for Mercedes.
Recently, an experimental vehicle called the S500 Intelligent Drive completed a journey of more than 60 miles driving completely autonomously. It represents the culmination of 20 years of research and development.