27 Jul '14, 10am

MT: How We Gave Sight to the Mercedes Robotic Car via @IEEESpectrum #robotics

It is August 2013, and we are sitting in what looks like a standard S-Class Mercedes, nosing through traffic in a small town in southern Germany. The streets are narrow and jam-packed with cars, and pedestrians are everywhere. Yet nobody has a hand on the wheel, and nobody has a foot anywhere near the pedals. Still, you can’t fault the driving: This car is in charge of itself. Or herself. We and our colleagues at Daimler call her Bertha, after the wife of Mercedes-Benz founder Karl Benz, who exactly 125 years earlier became the first joyrider in history when she took her two sons for a 100-kilometer jaunt in her husband’s car, from Mannheim to Pforzheim. When the leather brake pads wore out, she found a shoemaker. When the fuel ran out, she bought more from a pharmacist (who marketed it as a cleaning fluid). Her point was to prove that her husband’s internal-combustion eng...

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