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SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

It’s the biggest technology show of the calendar, and so expectations of CES are always high. Each year, companies compete to bring their A-game, but there’s inevitably some that stand out as more innovative, more feature-packed, more beautifully designed, or just more lust-worthy than their rivals. They’re the products we want to celebrate in SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015 - read on for the full list of this year’s winners.

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Four things to know about Mercedes’ self-driving F 015

Four things to know about Mercedes’ self-driving F 015

CES 2015 has been dominated by automotive news, but arguably overshadowing it all was Mercedes-Benz’s F 015 autonomous concept. Dubbed “Luxury in Motion” and bringing decades of self-driving research to life in a vast working prototype, the eye-catching car delivered CEA president Gary Shapiro to Mercedes’ opening keynote, and previews the same technology that the company hopes to deliver to its customers in the coming years. There’s more than just doing away with the driver, though - read on for four of our favorite features.

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Mercedes-Benz F 015 self-driving car in-depth: AI & lasers

Mercedes-Benz F 015 self-driving car in-depth: AI & lasers

Mercedes-Benz teased something big - figuratively and literally - for CES 2015, and the F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomous car ticks both boxes. Latest in the German marque’s F line of prototypes and proofs-of-concept, the F 015 is a luxury lounge on wheels, as Mercedes flirts not only with how cars of tomorrow might pilot themselves, but what those inside will do with the extra time they’ve suddenly had handed to them. Strikingly long, with color-changing LED lights on the outside to show if the AI is in charge and four electrically pivoting seats inside, it’s Mercedes’ take on what transport could look like in 2030 and beyond.

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This is Mercedes-Benz’s new self-driving car

This is Mercedes-Benz’s new self-driving car

A lounge on wheels, an obscenely luxurious pod that drives itself, or just the F 015 Luxury in Motion: whatever you want to call it, Mercedes-Benz's new autonomous car is certainly striking. Revealed during the company's CES 2015 keynote, the vast sedan takes a less-than typical approach to driving - and makes an argument for why the best days of the auto industry might still be ahead of it. Despite the ongoing growth in the population, and the increasing number of people who live in urban areas, Dr Dieter Zetsche Chairman of the Board of Daimler says, driverless cars give the gift of privacy.

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Mercedes teases self-driving CES car

Mercedes teases self-driving CES car

Mercedes-Benz may usually stick to Teutonic reserve, but the car company can't seem to let CES 2015 approach without dropping a few teasing hints about its latest concept technology. Although the Consumer Electronics Show may more commonly be associated with big TVs, hyperbole-filled phones and tablets, and more Bluetooth speakers than attendees have ears to listen to them, a growing rise in car tech levels have seen some of the big names in automotive wade in themselves. However, while Mercedes may only have a vague outline of a car to whet our appetites, that doesn't mean we're entirely in the dark about what magic is behind the scenes.

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LG, Mercedes-Benz team up for smart cameras for smart cars

LG, Mercedes-Benz team up for smart cameras for smart cars

LG is really invested in getting inside cars and it will be doing so in more ways than one. Aside from signing up as a member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and its Android Auto thrust, it has now partnered with Mercedes-Benz for something even more involved. The two will be working together to develop intelligent camera systems for smart cars that will not only help relieve drivers of some of the more precision-oriented tasks but even help monitor the state and well-being of these drivers.

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Mercedes-Maybach prices up its uber-luxe S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach prices up its uber-luxe S-Class

What price ridiculous luxury? If it's Mercedes-Maybach on the trunk lid, then now we know for sure, with Mercedes-Benz putting official figures on the sticker for its range-topping luxo-barges. Announced at the LA Auto Show in November, the Mercedes-Maybach once again resurrected the storied German marque, but this time around as a set of highly-customized, stretched S-Class variants, equipped with more leather, more tech, more wood, and more metal, and then dispatched to the wind tunnels to ensure they're the quietest cars for passengers in the all-important back seats. As you might expect, then, that sort of refinement isn't going to be cheap, but there's a surprise there too.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new GLE Coupe, a sloped four-door car with a distinct sporty design drawn from "two classes of vehicle", according to the auto maker. Mercedes isn't shy about pointing out its SUV-esque features and notes, such as a raised seating position, while showing how they work in the grand scheme of things to improve the sporty elements integral to the GLE Coupe's design. Says Mercedes, "These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different."

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Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has outed a freshly-fettled car from its AMG tuning division, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, following up the LA Auto Show last week with its striking Mercedes-AMG GT S. Putting power and a trunk together, the five-door has a 2-liter BlueDIRECT four-cylinder turbo engine with 360 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque, and will do 0-60 mph in 4.7s. It's electronically limited to 155 mph, mind, just to stop you from rattling your IKEA purchases to pieces.

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Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Maybach who? Bentley brings true opulence to LA

Dear Mercedes, Bentley would like to show you what real luxury looks like. The new Mercedes-Maybach may be stunning the LA Auto Show with its interpretation of a private jet for the highway, but just around the corner it was British stalwart Bentley which was demonstrating how opulence is done properly. The brand new Bentley Grand Convertible and recently announced Bentley Mulsanne Speed may espouse the old-school approach of "gentleman's club" luxe, but that's not to say they don't hide their fair share of technology in the process.

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