Mercedes-Benz has come a long way since adopting autonomous driving technology in 2015. It has been approved for public road testing, and the company aims to bring its SAE Level 3 Advanced Driver Assistance system to U.S. soil by the end of the year. Years
Meanwhile, Mercedes-AMG has also got its hands on valuable self-driving technology. Now, you wouldn’t think the company’s high-performance division would want to use it to try to lap driverless on the race track, right?
But AMG did, and it released a video (embedded above) showing us that driverless technology has come a long way.
The video above is a bit long, but we embedded it in the timestamp when the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe made a hot lap without any input from the driver. The car accelerated, braked at an angle, and followed a pre-set racing line for the “hot lap”, although it is important to note that it was limited to 106 miles per hour (170 kilometers per hour). It was completely insane and a little whimsical, to be honest, reaching high speed without any human intervention.
Of course, what we saw was a prototype – at least for now. In fact, just before working with two people in the front seat, AMG showed a clip where the car was lapping hot without a single spirit on board.
The rest of the video from Hot Laps shows some practical applications of autonomous vehicle technology, so feel free to check them out.
There is no doubt that Mercedes is leading the way in self-driving technology. It has even announced that it will accept legal liability if its autonomous technology crashes. The future is certainly near and for some places, it could be by the end of the year.