At this year’s Open Championship, Mercedes-Benz brought the “Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart", a design study that shows a visionary golf cart. For those who don’t know, earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz called upon golf and automobile fans from around the world to submit their ideas for a golf cart of the future.
The concept cart you see in the images is created by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California and it is electric drive and powered by a battery that is kept continuously charged by a solar module integrated into the roof. Still, manual charging is available. The golf cart is controlled via a joystick mounted on the centre console. Same centre console incorporates a multimedia panel that includes a rotatable docking station for an iPad or iPhone and a USB interface.
Various functions such as loudspeakers or the air-conditioning system, the head-up display, the music system or communication with the clubhouse and other golf carts, can be controlled from here. The head-up display can also be used when the golf cart is stationary and can show the course layout or the current status of the game or even weather information. The golf cart also features a so-called “fore button” that can be used to quickly warn other players of a misplaced shot.
Regarding the interior of this interesting concept, the German manufacturer was inspired by its cars and as you can see from the photos it features ergonomically shaped seats, which are heated as well as ventilated, while the center console was designed to accommodate golf balls and scorecards and have a sun glasses storage. The Airscarf neck-level heating system that was first introduced in the 2011 SLK Roadster is also present.