The US state of Nevada has been a trailblazer in issuing licences for testing autonomous cars on public roads, with its first two going to Google and Audi back in 2013. Now, it has awarded its first licenses for autonomous standard production vehicles. Three new Mercedes E-Class vehicles have been approved to drive themselves.
As electric cars come towards the end of their life, they create a set of problems that you simply don't get with petrol cars - namely, getting rid of the batteries. Automotive giant Daimler is doing its bit to tackle the problem by partnering with The Mobility House, GETEC and Remondis to create a 13-MWh battery storage unit out of second-life battery systems from electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
Daimler Trucks has shifted gears in its ongoing effort to develop autonomous vehicles. By fitting its Highway Pilot self-driving system to a Mercedes-Benz Actros truck and steering it down a stretch of Autobahn 8 near Stuttgart, the company has marked the first time an autonomous production semi has been tested out on public roads.
Smart has announced the new Fortwo Cabrio, describing it as "three cars in one." The two-seater can be adapted to suit the weather or the driver's mood. It can be used as a closed-top vehicle, with the roof open by way of a sliding canvas sunroof or with the roof removed entirely.
recently did it to much acclaim, and now Daimler is doing it too – the
German automotive corporation is launching its own home/business battery
energy storage system. Developed by Daimler subsidiary Deutsche
ACCUmotive, the Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit utilizes lithium-ion
batteries to store energy generated by solar cells, wind turbines or
Self-driving cars might be grabbing all the headlines, but it seems like self-driving trucks might hit the road first. At the Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) showed off its Freightliner Inspiration Truck, which has been officially licensed to operate on public highways in the state of Nevada. The autonomous hauler allows the driver to hand over full control to the onboard computer under proper traffic and environmental conditions.
Mercedes-Benz has revealed a refreshed version of its G-Class 4x4. Hitting dealerships later this year, the new G-Class lineup includes the all-new EDITION 463 package and the new 416-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 previewed in the G 500 4x4² concept revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The venerable off-roader is more capable than ever.