Mercedes-Benz refuses to participate in autonomous driving racesNovember 4, 2020
In a recent interview, a German brand spokesperson revealed that Mercedes-Benz will still not be able to participate in autonomous driving races. “We cannot win the autonomous driving race,” he said.
The automaker has announced plans to phase out autonomous driving races. Note that this does not apply to Tier 3 self-driving technology already featured in the 2021 Mercedes S-Class executive sedan, nor to the recently announced partnership between Daimler (which includes Mercedes) and Waymo startup Waymo for a shared development of technologies for autonomous movement.
The goal of this collaboration is to create a level 5 autonomous driving system for public use – what Waymo unveiled in Phoenix, USA in October this year with its self-driving robot taxi.
“We are not participating in any race that we can no longer win,” a Mercedes spokesman said.
Five years ago, we already heard about the work of Mercedes-Benz engineers on self-driving cars. Also shown was the first autonomous Mercedes bus, which covered the 20-kilometer route in Amsterdam without a person behind the wheel. This put the automaker ahead of the autonomous driving technology pact.
But that’s a thing of the past now, a spokesman for the automaker confirmed. The company said it would move away from this strategy, citing the brand’s new business strategy. From a Mercedes perspective, car sharing is no longer a lucrative business.
“Our investors expect big sales from us, correspondingly big profits,” a Mercedes spokesman said.
In line with this, Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius has cut investments in research and development in the field of autonomous mobility. Earlier it was reported that the joint development of unmanned vehicles BMW and Mercedes-Benz was also discontinued – this is a mutual decision of the two German firms.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4×4 Squared was noticed during testing. During the tests, it turned out to photograph a prototype of the updated Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4×4 Squared. The corresponding spy photos on Wednesday, October 28, were shared by the Motor1 agency.
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