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I hitched a ride in Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car

I hitched a ride in Mercedes’ F 015 self-driving car

When you take away the driving from the driver, what do the meat-popsicles inside an autonomous car do while the AI is at the wheel? That's the question Mercedes-Benz has tackled with the F 015 Luxury in Motion, a dramatically different approach to the future of transportation. Starting with the assumption that space will eventually be the biggest luxury, the self-driving concept treats driving much in the same way that a smartphone does the voice call: just one of many features and, as I discovered when I hitched a ride in the space-age pod, no longer the most important.

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Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car

Up close with F 015, Mercedes’ incredible self-driving car

Mercedes-Benz dropped jaws back at CES 2015 in January when its autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept drove onto the opening keynote stage. Then, the UFO-like prototype turned heads when the German firm drove it through the streets of San Francisco last week. The size of an S Class but markedly different from every angle, not only can the F 015 drive itself and four people, but do so surrounded with ridiculous levels of both technology and luxury. So, when Mercedes-Benz asked us if we'd like to check out the F 015 in person, an opportunity to get closer to the autonomous car than ever before, we didn't turn them down.

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Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes-Benz may have brought its self-driving F 015 Luxury in Motion car to the streets of San Francisco unexpectedly, but so far the autonomous concept hasn't been let off its human leash in the city. The F 015, unveiled back at CES in January, was spotted over the past few days in a variety of locations around the West Coast city, and though Mercedes apparently used a trailer for the main transportation, several bystanders reported seeing it in action. At the time, however, the concept's silvered windows meant it wasn't possible to see whether a human or a computer was at the wheel.

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Mercedes AMG GT S safety preps for F1 2015 season

Mercedes AMG GT S safety preps for F1 2015 season

This year's season of one of the most iconic sportscar racing events is starting in a few days. To kick off that season, Mercedes-AMG is announcing two of the cars that will headline the race somewhat, without actually taking part in it. Retiring 2010's SLS AMG, Mercedes is announcing its successor, which doesn't really stray far from the tree. The new Mercedes AMG GT S, patterned after 2015 coupe of the same name, will be this season's star when it comes to safety.

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Mercedes-Benz to recall 147,000 vehicles over fire danger

Mercedes-Benz to recall 147,000 vehicles over fire danger

Mercedes-Benz has joined the growing number of auto makers hit with problems this year, and as such it'll be recalling about 147,000 cars in the United States -- in this particular case, the decision to recall them is over a potential fire risk. That issue -- that a fire could start as a result of some issue with the car -- has been a common one this year, afflicting models from many auto makers, though the newest Jeep Cherokees are the most notable among them, with several of them having gone up in flames recently.

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Google and Apple car plans face Benz boss skepticism

Google and Apple car plans face Benz boss skepticism

Apple's car ambitions may have burst into the headlines over the weekend, as chatter surfaced of a hundreds-strong team working on EV and autonomous vehicle tech, but some of the old guard in automotive aren't so convinced we'll see an iCar any time soon. In fact, Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche predicts, despite public and private projects underway by Google and other tech luminaries, he sees their collective goal as more about disrupting traditional vehicle technology without going so far as to create four-wheeled alternatives of their own. However, while Zetsche is all for figuring out ways to co-exist and collaborate with tech firms, he's also cautious about giving them too much access to drivers.

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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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