60 Minutes, Mercedes-Benz steer driverless cars

| | ,

Support independent journalism with a donation to The Weekly Driver.

In its segment on driverless cars, 60 Minutes showcased the latest technology being hotly pursued by numerous automakers, most notably Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

With Bill Whitaker as the segment host and Mercedes-Benz engineer Alex Hilliger von Thile as the “driver” the duo took a spin in a Mercedes F015. It’s the futuristic-looking prototype the German carmaker is testing as car that does the driving — on a pre-programmed course.

The sleek Mercedes-Benz had a lot newfangled equipment: As the segment detailed:

* Any passenger can control the car from any seat, two of which can face forward or backward;

* The no-button dashboard pops up with the swipe of a hand and responds to both eye movements and hand gestures;

* In the clip, Mercedes-Benz engineer adjusts the volume of the car’s music without touching a knob;

* The car uses cameras and radar sensors to detect its surroundings.

The prototype of the Mercedes-Benz driverless car.
The prototype of the Mercedes-Benz driverless car.

Von Thile’s also explains thcar’s ability to choose music from your playlist based on traffic.

“When you’re stuck in gridlock, he said. “it picks a calming song, and then shifts to something more ‘vibrant’ and ‘lively’ when the road is clear.”

TheWeeklyDriver.com is a participant in the Amazon.com Services LLC Associates Program.
When you buy from Amazon using links on our site, we receive a small commission at no cost to you.

Subscribe For Latest Updates

Sign-up for the free Weekly Driver newsletter for new car reviews, news and opinion

Invalid email address
We promise not to spam you. You can unsubscribe at any time.

New Bugatti Chiron: 0-60 mph, 2.0 seconds, $2.5 million

2016 Kia Sorento: Underdog SUV gains on Toyota, Hyundai


Leave a Comment