The typical golf cart is poised for a makeover thanks to the forward-thinking folks over at Mercedes-Benz. At this year’s Open Championship, the German luxury automaker unveiled a concept Vision Golf Cart with game-changing features.
Air conditioning and heated seats are part of the deal – not exactly something you’d find in a typical golf cart. Mercedes solicited input from golf and car enthusiasts and created the cart around the the most in-demand qualities.
“The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart has a refined, simplified yet functional shape that fits well into our ‘Sensual-Purity’ design philosophy,” said Gorden Wagener, Vice President of Design at Daimler AG.
Created at the Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, Calif., the Vision Golf Cart incorporates such defining Mercedes features as the diamond grille and AIRSCARF neck-level heating system. The cart is powered by an electric battery charged by a solar module in the roof. Manual charging is also an option.
The cart is controlled via a joystick in the center console and can be driven by either passenger. It employs touch screen monitors from which the cart’s audio system and A/C system are controlled and communication with the clubhouse or other carts is possible. The console has a multimedia panel that includes a rotatable docking station for an iPad or iPhone and a USB interface.
The cart is also Bluetooth ready, so phone calls can be made via the loudspeaker system. Other features include a “fore button” to warn other players of a misplaced shot and optional lightweight doors, which can be easily installed to shield against wind and rain.
The golf cart is equipped to be driven on normal roads and has indicators, headlamps and tail lights.
There are no plans for production of the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart just yet, as the design study prototype is still just a concept. The golf cart revolution, however, has begun.
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