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Mercedes-Benz Smart Vision EQ, a Cutest level-5 EV Concept Car on the Road

Mercedes-Benz Smart Vision EQ, a Cutest level-5 EV Concept Car on the Road

The Smart Vision EQ car from Mercedes-Benz is built on the Smart Fortwo platform and it can wink at pedestrians, has (no steering wheel or pedals), and welcomes passengers by name.

Mercedes says the concept vehicle isn’t made to be sold to individuals and would instead be part of an autonomous ride-sharing fleet. The way Mercedes envisions a car like this would work is that it would arrive at a location and display the name of the individual that hailed the ride on the front of the car. They would enter the vehicle, and the dash would show their name, photo and other they shared with the car-share service.

Then the electrical vehicle would cruise autonomously around and eventually drop you at your location and bid you farewell. One interesting feature is that the car is outfitted with hand-sanitizer dispensers, so as the passenger departs, they can clean their hands after being in a car that’s been on the road all day with various people getting in and out.

Engadget Reporter Roberto Baldwin had an opportunity to experience the ride and he said:

“Mercedes updated the front display with the Las Vegas Strip but it was set to the default demo passenger. No biggie, the point of the short drive (about 500 meters done twice) was to experience the sensation of being in a level-five car that could be the blueprint of a future Mercedes.

The two passes took in the car lasts about five minutes, and the car was controlled by a Mercedes technician via a remote, it was a good indicator of how it would feel to sit in a car you’ve hailed without a human behind the wheel. If this service were available now (and was safe), I would use it all the time. Parking in is challenging even on the best of days, and I like the idea of a car that winks at people as it drives down the road. I’m guessing that other folks tired of traffic and spending 20 minutes looking for parking would too.”

Credits: https://www.engadget.com//01/12/smart-vision-eq-fortwo-first-ride/

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Mercedes-Benz Smart Vision EQ, a Cutest level-5 EV Concept Car on the Road
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Mercedes-Benz Smart Vision EQ, a Cutest level-5 EV Concept Car on the Road
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The Smart Vision EQ car from Mercedes-Benz is built on the Smart Fortwo platform and it can wink at pedestrians, has level-five autonomy (no steering wheel or pedals), and welcomes passengers by name.
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