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.
Mercedes Benz Vision Golf Cart is a battery-powered electric vehicle that is charged continuously through solar technology which has been incorporated into its roof. Similar to the typical golf cart, the Mercedes Benz Vision Golf Cart can also be charged manually.
What sets the Mercedes Benz Vision Golf Cart apart from other vehicles of its kind is the technology that has been installed in the Vision Golf Cart. The Vision Golf Cart can be operated by either passenger, given that the joystick is located on the centre console, making it accessible for both passengers. The centre console also contains a USB interface and a docking station that can be rotated for an iphone or an ipad.
Both of these are incorporated in the multimedia panel found in the centre console. The centre consoles also allow controls over the airconditioning system, the head-up display, the music system, the loudspeakers, and communication with other golf carts and the clubhouse.
Mercedes Benz Vision Golf Cart is a vehicle that can be driven intuitively because of its basic and button-less touch screen monitors. It also empowers the occupants by making them more connected with everything and everyone they need in the golf course. The windscreen can be fitted with a digital speedometer and the head-up display that has the capability to provide information on the status of the ongoing game, the weather conditions, and the course lay-out.
The cart also comes with Bluetooth technology which makes it possible to take or make phone calls while on loudspeaker. The capability for ipad and iphone connectivity has enhanced the communication access of the passengers who are now able to order drinks or food directly from the clubhouse, gain access to scorecards and photos which they can upload on different social media platforms, and even receive and send out emails.