Mercedes-Benz is putting robot stunt drivers in the front seat in the hopes that bots can make the cars safer for humans.
Mercedes says its production-series cars equipped with robotic systems are the first in the world to test computer-controlled safety maneuvers, such as near-misses, that can't be reproduced by human drivers.
In the test cars, separate robot systems control steering, acceleration, and braking. An onboard computer runs the machines so the vehicle follows a programmed course on a closed test track.
Aside from collision avoidance in near-misses, Mercedes says it's examining maneuvers such as merging at different … Read more