Intelligent Cars Steal The Show at CES 2014 Las Vegas
Will people soon be able to “leave Las Vegas” in a driverless car?
Mercedes-Benz stole the show at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) here in Las Vegas with their “Intelligent Car”. The car’s connectivity concept gives it the ability to “learn” the driver’s habits, preferences and predict his or her moves. Mercedes calls this the “predictive user experience”.
Apparently, after driving the car for a few weeks, the car is able to make “meaningful predictions and suggestions”.
Looking at the car made me think back to the time when I was zooming around Big Bear Lake while on vacation. With my small daughter snoozing in the back seat, I navigated the windy road with the mountainside to my right and Big Bear’s lake on my left. A squirrel darted onto the road directly in front of my car. With less than a second to weigh the consequences, I had to decide whether to flatten the squirrel, crash into the mountain or plunge into the lake. This is the time when my reflexes didn’t let me down, and without hesitation, I decided the squirrel looked suicidal anyhow. I wonder what choice an intelligent car would have made for me.
Smart cars predicting your music choice and adjusting temperature in accordance with your preference is here, so is autonomous driving capability the next step in technology?