Mercedes Takes Spooky Out of Machine Learning

Mercedes-Benz technology learns driver’s music-listening habits. NOVI, MI – Machine learning might sound like the backdrop to a dark science-fiction movie, but Mercedes-Benz believes putting the technology into to its cars and trucks will make the everyday grind go more smoothly. “Machine learning can simplify and personalize the driver experience,” says Kal Mos, vice president-North America R&D at Mercedes-Benz. Machine learning inside Mercedes-Benz vehicles, beginning with the C-Class and S-Class cars before rolling out through the brand’s portfolio, observes owner habits, trains itself to recognize those patterns, preferences and tendencies and eventually predicts what the driver may want next. Mos, speaking at TU Automotive Detroit 2016, a connected-vehicle conference here, admits the learning does not occur overnight. Nor should it, he says. “You want to come to a point where…


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