Driverless Cars Bullied by Human Drivers

Humans will ruin driverless cars, just like everything else

November 17th at 5:11 PM

Humans will ruin driverless cars, just like everything else

If 2016 has proven one thing, it’s that the human race is awful and really, it’s all been downhill since the dinosaurs. The latest edition to our Hall of Shame will soon be driverless cars, aka That Time We Tried to Make Polite Robots but Jerks Ruined It For Everyone.

Dietmar Exler, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA, told the LA Times that humans are delaying the advancement of self-driving cars. Specifically, Exler is worried that humans will take advantage of the cars’ mission to avoid collisions, and “bully” them around the road. Presumably, Exler is speaking after a recent visit to the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Mercedes Generation EQ

This is the Generation EQ: Stunning photos and video footage of Mercedes’ hot new EV concept

September 29th at 8:51 AM

This is the Generation EQ: Stunning photos and video footage of Mercedes’ hot new EV concept

Mercedes-Benz on Thursday finally took the wraps off its hotly anticipated all-electric SUV concept, the Generation EQ. The Paris Motor Show provided the backdrop for the unveiling, which yielded the first of many EVs that will fall under the new Mercedes “EQ” brand. This first EQ model is a mid-size SUV that resembles what you might end up with if you combine a GLC300 with something out of Tron, but the new concept design still manages to maintain an air of elegance despite all the flash. More →

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Mercedes Benz

As Tesla preps the Model 3, competition in the EV space intensifies

September 5th at 6:30 PM

As Tesla preps the Model 3, competition in the EV space intensifies

A new report from Reuters relays that Tesla’s competition in the EV space is poised to intensify greatly in the years ahead. In addition to competition from the likes of Porsche and Audi, Reuters adds that Daimler is now planning to release at least six distinct electric vehicle models under the Mercedes-Benz brand over the next few years. Interestingly enough, one of these models is said to be a hybrid SUV powered by fuel cells.

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Tesla Vs Mercedes

Mercedes’ next-gen autopilot probably won’t run you into a van like Tesla’s

June 23rd at 12:11 PM

Mercedes’ next-gen autopilot probably won’t run you into a van like Tesla’s

Through a combination of great marketing and rushing out ‘Autopilot’ while it’s still in beta, Tesla has managed to become the big name in semi-autonomous driving (though there have been a couple of bumps in the road so far). But as you’d imagine, other automakers are working on programs of their own.

USA Today recently got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E-Class equipped with all the autonomous driving tech that will be coming to Mercedes’s cars in the next year. It all sounds quite similar to Tesla, but you won’t be able to sleep behind the wheel.

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All-Electric Mercedes SUV

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

June 8th at 11:10 PM

Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

Tesla has captured our imagination (if not our practicality) with the world’s first all-electric SUV, the Model X. But it looks like Mercedes, king of glitzy SUVs for people who like to stay on-road, isn’t going to take it lying down.

According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes will be showing off an all-electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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The big carmakers aren’t laughing at Tesla anymore

April 20th at 3:21 PM

The big carmakers aren’t laughing at Tesla anymore

It wasn’t long ago that German car manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes thought that Tesla was a complete joke. As a new report from The Los Angeles Times makes clear, however, they aren’t laughing anymore.

The reason for this change is pretty obvious: Now that Tesla has likely racked up an astonishing 400,000 reservations for its Model 3, it must be taken seriously by the rest of the automotive industry. More →

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TV
SNL Mercedes AA Battery Commercial

Forget Tesla, SNL has come up with the ultimate electric car

April 18th at 1:12 PM

Forget Tesla, SNL has come up with the ultimate electric car

When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla’s new Model 3 is the talk of the town. The company convinced thousands of customers to purchase the Model 3 even before it was announced, with preorders reaching impressive numbers far above anything the company was expecting. But that doesn’t mean Tesla’s vision of an electric car is the only one you should be aware of. In fact, Saturday Night Live came up with an amazing electric car concept of its own, the Mercedes AA, which is powered entirely by AA batteries. More →

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Top 10 Cars

10 most insane supercars from the Frankfurt Motor Show

September 17th at 5:55 PM

10 most insane supercars from the Frankfurt Motor Show

We spend a tremendous amount of time here at BGR giving you an early look at devices you’ll someday own once they’re released. Now, it’s time to switch gears for a moment and focus on some things you’ll never, ever own. The Frankfurt Motor Show is a blast each year as the big names come together to unveil some new production models, but they also show off some concept cars that are absolutely insane. Some of them will never make it to production and others that actually do may look quite different from the cars shown off in Frankfurt. Either way, it’s always fun to stare for a while and imagine sitting behind the wheel of one of these beasts.

Here are the 10 craziest supercars unveiled this week in Germany. More →

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Tesla Vs Porsche

Tesla is so, so screwed

September 15th at 11:48 AM

Tesla is so, so screwed

Like with a lot of people, I have flirted with the idea of Tesla. Both as a company and as a potential car. I have built dozens of them on Tesla’s website. I have test-driven the car five times. Each time I drive one, it’s a great experience and it’s still hard to fully process how incredible of a job Tesla has done. From nothing to changing the entire car industry in just under a decade is mind-blowing.

But this theme that I have repeated at practically every chance I get when discussing Tesla keeps running through my mind and it’s an important one — when all the established car makers start going all-electric, what’s Tesla value proposition?

Their brand? Hardly anything other than the current owners of Tesla vehicles. Their technology? Those patents were released into the public domain. Their manufacturing process? You’re joking, right?

So seriously, what is Tesla’s play here as far as cars are concerned? Because I don’t see it. More →

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Mercedes-AMG GT Photos

A rare behind-the-scenes look as Mercedes builds its most beautiful sportscar ever

April 23rd at 4:15 PM

A rare behind-the-scenes look as Mercedes builds its most beautiful sportscar ever

Guy Kawasaki is a name most people in the tech industry are familiar with, thanks largely to his roles with Apple and his subsequent investments in Pandora and other companies with the venture capital firm he co-founded, Garage Technology Ventures. What you might not know is that Kawasaki is also a big car fanatic, and he often gets access to things most car fans will never enjoy.

Case in point: Kawasaki recently toured Mercedes’ AMG facility where the stunning AMG GT and GT S are built. More →

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2012 New York Auto Show preview

April 6th at 11:15 AM

2012 New York Auto Show preview

New York’s Auto Show is always packed with debuts, and this year wasn’t any different. From the 2013 BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz’s 2013 CL-Class and GL-Class, to the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, 2013 SRT Viper and many more, I took a spin through the show to check out some of the newest cars that will soon hit the market — and of course, look at a bunch of my favorite rides as well. The show-stopper for me? The matte blue Audi R8 GT, though I loved the Ford Explorer Sport, too. Catch all the McLarens, Aston Martins, Rolls Royces, BMWs, Bentleys, Mercedes-Benzes and more in our 2012 New York Auto Show photo gallery, which is linked below.

 

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Mercedes-Benz Media Interface Plus review [Video]

December 20th at 4:20 PM

Mercedes-Benz Media Interface Plus review [Video]

If you are a Mercedes owner and a BGR reader, you might have noticed that your car falls a bit short in the technology department regarding music and video playback (any model Mercedes). The Media Interface Plus accessory is a just-released plug and play Bluetooth box that’s now available for purchase, and since it offers a whole heap of enhancements, we decided it was worth checking out for ourselves. For starters, here is what the Media Interface Plus can do that your Mercedes currently can’t: control the Pandora app from your iPhone (including changing songs and even rating songs thumbs down or thumbs up from the steering wheel), streaming music from your Bluetooth device (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPod touch, etc.), allowing you to view your SMS messages from the car’s COMAND display, and even playing back iPod video from your iPhone or iPod. Hit the jump to find out what else this little accessory can do, and check out our video overview. More →

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class fuel-cell all hydrogen-powered vehicle test drive, impressions

October 11th at 11:50 AM

Mercedes-Benz B-Class fuel-cell all hydrogen-powered vehicle test drive, impressions

Mercedes-Benz is on an environmentally conscious tear as of late, launching two hybrid vehicles last year, and now an entirely zero emission fuel cell car this December. We were given an opportunity to test drive the new F-Cell vehicle in Manhattan and learn more about the car. For starters, when thinking about what Mercedes has done with this specific vehicle, it’s mind blowing in itself. A non-combustion engine car that is powered off of hydrogen with zero emissions. Did you ever think you’d see the day? As a car lover, just hopping into the driver’s seat of the F-Cell was an experience. Zipping around downtown New York City in the car was… just like driving a gas-powered vehicle, except, there was no noise. I’ve driven dual-mode hybrid cars before, and I have gotten used to not hearing an engine at some times, but no engine sound at all? Borderline ghostly. While the B-Class-based F-Cell has an all electric motor rated at 136 horsepower and 214 pounds of torque, it definitely didn’t feel underpowered. Plus, once we got over the sound of no sound from the engine, there wasn’t much to complain about. It’s the first fuel-cell car from Mercedes, and while it’s not exactly the most luxurious or stylish model in their lineup, neither is a Prius. Being powered 100% by hydrogen lends itself to one main issue: finding a hydrogen refueling station. Now, there are a couple around the NYC area (White Plains, NY, Wallingford, CT, Bronx, NY), but when the F-Cell touches down in December for consumer leasing, it’s going to be heading to the state of California — mostly Los Angeles and San Francisco where there are plenty of hydrogen stations. You might notice how we said leasing and not purchasing, and that’s because the car will only be offered by way of a lease, and while Mercedes wouldn’t confirm pricing information to us, we’ve heard it will run around $550-$750/month. Definitely on the higher end of the spectrum, but for a car that literally emits water instead of toxic sludge — representing the future of the automotive industry — all we can say is, sign us up.

Click on over to our Mercedes-Benz F-Cell vehicle gallery!

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