Mercedes-Benz has come a long way since adopting autonomous driving technology in 2015. Mercedes-Benz has already received approval for testing on public roads, plus the company aims to bring the SAE Level 3 Advanced Driver Assistance System on US soil by the end of the year. year.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG is also getting valuable self-driving technology. Now, you wouldn’t think that the company’s high-performance division would want to use this to try to do driverless laps on a race track, would you?
But AMG did, and released a video (embedded above) that shows us how far driverless technology has come so far.
The video above is a bit long, but we pinned it on the timestamp when the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe did a hot lap without any input from the driver. The car accelerates, brakes in corners, and follows a predetermined race line for “hot laps”, although it’s important to note that it’s only limited to 106 miles per hour (170 kilometers per hour). It was absolutely insane and a bit odd, to be honest, reaching high speeds without human intervention.
Of course, all we see are prototypes – at least for now. In fact, right before stints with two people in the front seat, AMG showed a clip in which the car did a hot lap without a soul in it.
The rest of the video that precedes the hot lap shows some of the practical applications of autonomous vehicle technology, so feel free to check it out.
There is no doubt that Mercedes will be at the forefront of self-driving technology. It even announced earlier that it would accept legal liability if its autonomous technology broke down. The future is definitely near and for some places, it could be at the end of the year.