How Artificial Intelligence will drive your cars

Data processors, algorithms, cameras… Up to 350 sensors carry the Mercedes EQS to be able to make decisions without counting on you  

The Mercedes EQS is one of those 100% electric vehicles that looks more like a spaceship than a model for wealthy drivers willing to pay at least 145,000 dollars. On board it has 350 sensors that, thanks to a series of algorithms, make decisions on their own in fractions of a second.

The artificial intelligence (AI) of the Mercedes-Benz EQS is one of the attractions of this great luxury saloon. A series of sensors, cameras and machine learning algorithms process and analyze data from the car’s environment to automatically decide what to do based on it.

The AI ​​operation scheme of this Mercedes is based on a series of sensors that include cameras, radars, ultrasound and temperature detectors, among others. All of them collect data about the vehicle’s environment, such as the position of other cars, speed, distance, weather conditions and road conditions.

The AI ​​in the Mercedes EQS will remind you to call a friend or automatically raise the undercarriage every time you pull into your garage

All this information is processed by machine learning algorithms and neural networks that generate models and make predictions about what could happen. Based on this, the AI ​​determines which car systems it should activate. For example, if it detects that there is an obstacle on the road, it can adjust its speed and direction to avoid a collision or even stop the vehicle.

The more the Mercedes EQS interacts with the environment, the more data it collects, the better the algorithms and the more the car learns.

Half a century of research

The history of artificial intelligence in the car is not new. In the 70s, the first cruise control systems began to be used. They automatically adjusted acceleration and were capable of maintaining a constant speed. Chrysler, which was part of the Daimler empire from 1998 to 2007, was the first to introduce it. As technology has advanced, other features have been included such as distance control and automatic emergency braking, first introduced in 2006 as standard equipment on some Volvos.

In today’s Mercedes EQS, artificial intelligence has an enormous responsibility for safety. Under the name Drive Pilot, they have developed a driving assistance system that allows the driver, as long as the legislation and traffic allow it , to ignore traffic and dedicate themselves to other activities, such as contacting their co-workers through In-Car. Office, surf the Internet or enjoy the seat massage.

As the car approaches the end of the section of motorway authorized for this type of semi-autonomous driving, the system alerts the driver that he must take command again. Failure to do so will cause the vehicle to stop, turn on the warning flasher, and activate the emergency call system. In turn, it will unlock the doors and windows to facilitate access to the interior of the vehicle for people who come to provide first aid.

like a parent

For those who long for the care and sleeplessness of a father or a mother, artificial intelligence also has a proposal. If, for example, you always call a certain friend every Tuesday afternoon, the Mercedes EQS will remind you to do so by showing you their photo and contact details. Or if you are one of those who likes to receive a massage based on the hot stone principle in winter, the system will automatically suggest activating this function every time you drive in low temperatures. And if you raise the undercarriage height to increase ground clearance every time you drive into your garage, it will do it again every time you get home.

With power of 245 and 385 horsepower and one of the best aerodynamics on the market (Cx=0.20), this car is capable of traveling 770 km without recharging the batteries. And in just 15 minutes you can get enough energy to travel 300 km, something vital in a country like Spain where the charging infrastructure is still very poor.

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