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$100,000 Mercedes-Benz Sedan Drives Itself

By Jason H. Harper - 2013-07-22T15:32:13Z

Photograph by Mercedes-Benz USA via Bloomberg

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

I’m zipping down the freeway at 70 miles per hour in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and my hands aren’t on the steering wheel.

The wheel jogs slightly to the left, then returns to center, moving eerily on its own. The executive-class sedan is driving itself -- gas, brake and steering.

I’m trusting the digital ghost in this machine to keep us from plowing into the left-hand guardrail. I always figured the day of self-driving cars would arrive; just not so soon.

A soft warning chime. The car will self steer for only ten seconds without a hand on the tiller. After that you get another warning beep and the wheel goes slack. You -- or the car -- are on your own.

That’s okay, I’m happy to take back control.