The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes with an optional system called INTELLIGENT DRIVE. The feature allows the car to drive itself in traffic while the driver sits back and relax. While the system doesn’t offer complete autonomous driving, it will perform minor acceleration, steering and braking functions. However, the INTELLIGENT DRIVE system does give us a look into where Mercedes-Benz is headed with the system – and that’s towards complete autonomous driving. In a recent move to show how close the Stuttgart automaker is to self-driving cars, Mercedes-Benz took its S500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle on a historic route – the same 62 miles traveled from Mannheim to Pforzheim by Bertha Benz exactly 125 years ago when she boldly set off on the very first long-distance drive. “This S-Class spells out where we’re headed with “Intelligent Drive” and what tremendous potential there is in currently available technology,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chief Executive Officer of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Of course, it would have been a lot easier to take the autobahn for the autonomous drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim. But there was a special motivation for us to carry out this autonomous drive along this very route 125 years after Bertha Benz. After all, we wouldn’t be Mercedes-Benz unless we set ourselves challenging goals and then went on to achieve them.” While this may be mind-blowing and cool, we have to say – driving a car feels much better than being driven in a car.