Mercedes’ CES “digital drivestyle” concept could come to real cars in 2016

As the digital world takes an increasingly omnipresent role in our lives, automakers are clawing to keep up. Apparently that gap will narrow a bit in just a few months, when Mercedes-Benz will introduce futuristic tech it originally discussed at the 2012 CES, next year. While the level of tech in cars has increased dramatically, car companies will be the first to admit they can’t keep up with Silicon Valley’s frenetic pace. Yet progress has been made, and at a recent industry gathering in Sunnyvale, California—for Mercedes-Benz’s 20th anniversary in the Valley—the automaker dropped a hint at what we can expect in cars as early as next year. Rigel Smiroldo, Benz’s principal engineer, machine learning and predictive user experience, said what seemed like very out-there futuristic technology when it was…


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