Daimler enlists computer game designers to encourage efficient driving

By REUTERS | 10 September 2019

FRANKFURT: Daimler is hiring computer programmers to create games that encourage electric and hybrid vehicle owners to drive more efficiently, the company’s research chief Markus Schaefer said today.

Mercedes vehicles have enough graphics processing power from their use of stereo cameras to also power sophisticated graphics, he said at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

“We have lots of employees from the gaming industry working on user interfaces,” Schaefer said. “The key task is to bring about a change in consumer behaviour.”

Schaefer added that Mercedes can now engage drivers with a graphics-based scoring system based on how efficiently they brake and accelerate.

The Mercedes interface displays a floating ball that needs to be kept within a circle. Aggressive acceleration results in the ball moving off target and a lower score.

“Our Asian clients love these gaming aspects,” Schaefer said.