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Daimler CEO surprised at Apple, Google car progress

Daimler CEO surprised at Apple, Google car progress

The US and Europe, especially Germany, have been in a rat race over the automobile industry for decades. The rise of self-driving cars have swung the pendulum in the US' favor, with European car makers now striving to put themselves on that map as well. However, they might have a bit of catching up to do if statements from Dieter Zetsche, Daimler's chief exec, is to be weighed. In the company's visit to Silicon Valley, he discovered that Apple and Google have made more progress in that industry than they had previously assumed.

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This is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

This is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

This is the car Mercedes-Benz believes will make you forget the BMW 5 Series and ignore the Audi A6. Making its debut at the NAIAS, the 2017 E-Class is a complete redesign for the 10th-generation, scaling up the on-road presence while boosting safety and luxury, and raiding the self-driving technologies previously only found on Mercedes' flagship.

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New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior raises the bar

New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior raises the bar

There were a lot of loaded, descriptive words thrown out during Mercedes-Benz's intimate press conference describing the new E-Class. "Luxury", "simplicity", "experience", "high-tech", "beauty"… all of which tie into a hard division between two categories: emotion and intelligence, the yin and yang if you will of the automaker's latest view on what a high-end sedan should be.

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Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

HERE's plans for the self-driving future can finally emerge from their autopilot holding-pattern, with the company and its new automaker owners holding a quiet but enthusiastic coming out party in San Francisco today. Representatives from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler joined HERE execs to talk about the development of high-definition mapping, location-based services, and cars that whisper to the cloud and - eventually - drive themselves.

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Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz have snapped up HERE, and the digital cartographers are wasting no time in investigating how the luxury cars can shape smarter maps. The deal, which closed late last week and netted former HERE owner Nokia a $2.7bn payout, brings technology like HD Maps - high resolution data ideal for tomorrow's self-driving cars - into the reach of the German trio, but also gives HERE unprecedented access to driving data.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first-drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first-drive

On road or on track, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S is ready to thrill the thrill seekers. It’s a beast - 503 horsepower does the trick there - but one that's also refined; more than track-capable yet finessed in so many ways that it could well be the perfect road-going sports coupe.

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Self-driving cars may need to be bad drivers to succeed

Self-driving cars may need to be bad drivers to succeed

A self-driving car getting pulled over by traffic police sounds like the subject of an xkcd comic, but Google's autonomous run-in with the law shows the robots have a lot to learn. Getting stopped for driving too slowly amid other traffic might only be the tip of the iceberg, in fact, and it's entirely possible that autonomous vehicles will need to learn to be worse on the road in order to fit in.

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Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo’s eccentric nature and distinct charm have filtered directly into the Tokyo Motor Show, and frankly we wouldn’t have it any other way. On Japan’s biggest stage, many of the world’s foremost automotive players have come to impress, discuss, and shape how we’ll interact and navigate our way around in the future. We braved the sauna-like conditions on the floor to bring you these buttery otoro bites.

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Mercedes’ Vision Tokyo is a vast self-driving party lounge

Mercedes’ Vision Tokyo is a vast self-driving party lounge

Picture the scene. You're standing in the neon glimmer of downtown Tokyo and, silently creeping through the crowds, comes a Blade Runner cyborg badger with a Mercedes-Benz badge. Latest in the German marque's outlandish concept cars, the autonomous lounge pod, dubbed Vision Tokyo, borrows the styling cues - not to mention the self-driving technology - from the F 015 Luxury in Motion - repurposed for Generation Z.

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