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Driverless Mercedes spotted zooming around San Francisco

San Francisco locals got to see first-hand what life could be like when
our roads are filled with driverless cars, and I think we can all agree
it looks pretty damn great.

Named the F015 Luxury In Motion – that name is probably the only
ill-conceived thing about it – the car was first revealed to the public
at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last September. Since
then, Mercedes-Benz has announced that it’s become one of the first car
manufacturers in the world to receive authorization from the state of
California to test self-driving cars on public roads. 
The F015 is being billed as a “virtual living room”,
with seating for up to four people arranged in the back like two sets
of couches facing each other. So basically, you could call this thing
around after a hard day’s work, hop in, pick the wife up and have a
glass of wine on your way home. “And, because its Mercedes, it comes
trimmed in walnut veneer, nappa leather, polished aluminum and glass,
with soft blue LED lighting,” says Jason Fell at Entrepreneur
San Fran residents are now getting their first look at the futuristic curiosity, Reddit user ‘GoogleplexStar’ posting the pic above,
commenting, “This driverless Mercedes is cruising around San Francisco,
blowing everyone’s minds.” It was also spotted driving itself around
Twin Peaks, near the city’s geographical centre, for a slick photoshoot.
It’s not clear whether or not there’s actually someone inside directing
it, or if it’s functioning completely autonomously, but either way,
it’s a pretty bold statement.

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So what would the world be like filled with driverless cars? A recent study
from researchers in Sweden into the impact of self-driving cars on
traffic and daily commutes suggests that they could actually decrease
instances of traffic jams and road congestion significantly.
The report,
led by Pierre-Jean Rigole from the KTH Centre for Traffic Research,
says that self-driving cars could replace 14 regular cars, so long as
people were happy to car pool and allow an average of 15 percent extra
commuting time. And on top of that, parking space requirements would
drop by 80 percent.
According to David Nield at Digital Trends,
the first driverless cars are predicted to hit roads by 2020, but the
first iteration will still need some input from a driver. I’m counting
down the days.

Source: Entrepeneur


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