Automated test drive in South Africa

January 22nd, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

In the fourth leg of the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent World Drive, the company’s test vehicle – based on the current S-Class series-production saloon – is facing up to South Africa’s idiosyncrasies with automated test drives on the roads of the Western Cape and in the city of Cape Town. Mercedes-Benz started the Intelligent World Drive at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September 2017 to adapt more highly automated driving functions to national traffic and user practices. The aim is to gather global insights into real-life traffic conditions for the advancement of the technologies. As part of this, up until January 2018 the test vehicle is collecting comprehensive information in a variety of complex traffic situations on five continents and in doing so is sounding out the limitations of the current systems. The focus of the test drives on the Western Cape is on pedestrian detection in many unfamiliar situations in particular, both in dense city traffic as well as on rural roads. Furthermore, the test vehicle is collecting information for detecting road signs specific to the country, validating the digital map material of Here Maps and testing out a prototype of the innovative light system Digital Light.

Contact Mayur Bhana, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Tel 012 673-1762, mayur.bhana@daimler.com