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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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Mighty Mercedes-AMG GT S takes on Porsche

Mighty Mercedes-AMG GT S takes on Porsche

Mercedes may have covered its luxury bases at the LA Auto Show 2014 with the opulent Mercedes-Maybach, but there's plenty of performance on tap too from the new Mercedes-AMG GT S. The bright yellow coupe is rear-wheel drive and will hit forecourts in the spring of 2015, with Mercedes' sports division looking to take on Aston Martin, Porsche, and Audi with its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In the GT S' corner is 503 HP and a 3.7s run from 0-60 mph.

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Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Longer luxury: Mercedes-Maybach panders to plutocrats

Mercedes-Benz promised Germanic excess when it resurrected the Maybach name (again), and it hasn't stinted on that, with the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class ramping up the tech, the luxe, and the sheer scale here at the LA Auto Show 2014. Tellingly revealed both in LA and Bejing, the new limo is resolutely targeted at those who are driven rather than who take the wheel themselves, stretched 207mm over the regular long-wheelbase S-Class, and with the majority of that space devoted to the rear-seat passengers and their new, uber-flexible seats.

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Mercedez-Benz Multibeam headlight crams 84 LEDs inside

Mercedez-Benz Multibeam headlight crams 84 LEDs inside

Modern driver safety these days would evoke ideas of all kind of hi-tech instruments that the cars of the future are being equipped with. Sometimes, however, even the simplest factors, like bright but not blinding light especially at night, can make a world of a difference. That is why in addition to driver assistance technologies, Mercedes-Benz has also been hard at work on its Multibeam LED headlight technology, which it is now outfitting with an astounding 84 LEDs per headlight unit.

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Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Mercedes’ newest live-action Mario ads are uncomfortable

Back in May, Mercedes introduced a commercial in Japan featuring its GLA cruising down an 8-bit Mario world, only to swoop into real-life where a buff Mario steps out of the car and into a live-action rendition of the world. This Mario accidentally hits a goomba with his foot and comes to a startled stop. The commercial was bizarre, but it wasn't the end. On Monday, Mercedes released two more commercials for the Japanese market, both featuring the same Mario character joined by Luigi and Peach.

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