With Intelligent World Drive, Mercedes-Benz is testing automated driving functions on five continents using a test vehicle based on the S-Class. Over a period of five months, the sedan will face traffic situations of varying complexities to gather valuable experiences on the road to autonomous driving. The first leg, which took place in Germany in September, focused on assessing the driving behaviour on motorways and in tailback situations, an important component for the development of future technologies. The second leg has just taken place in Shanghai in China and will be followed by test drives in Australia in November and around Cape Town in December. The focus in Australia will be on the validation of the latest digital map data, whereas in SA pedestrian detection will play an important role. Motor News will be joining the technicians in Cape Town to see how well the self-driving S-Class copes with the multitude of pedestrian-related situations. The German technicians were rece...

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