Earlier in 2013, Mercedes-Benz initiated a contest of sorts, inviting individuals to submit ideas for a “golf cart of the future.” Those ideas would then be used to help form a concept vehicle, which Mercedes-Benz is saying is more of a “Golf Car” than a cart. That concept has now been revealed, dubbed the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart.
The sketches of the new futuristic concept golf cart were released during the British Open, to which the winners chosen among the submissions it received were invited to attend as VIP guests.
The Vision was created by Mercedes-Benz’s head of design, Gorden Wagener, with the help of golf fans, who submitted ideas to Mercedes regarding the amenities they would want in a state-of-the-art golf cart.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart is intended to combine the functionality of a golf cart with technology and features from Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Daimler’s Vice President of Design Gorden Wagener said: “The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart has a refined, simplified yet functional shape that fits well into our ‘Sensual-Purity’ design philosophy.
“The flow shapes create a ‘sculpture on wheels’ impression. I was very inspired by the idea of designing a golf cart, giving it a new shape and new sorts of meaning. Why not treating[sic] a golf cart like a car, and making it a ‘Golf Car’.”
The Vision Golf Cart was developed in the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center located in California, with the aim being to create a concept involving both “aspects” of the maker’s cars and the functionality inherent in a golf cart. The result is a sleek, distinctly Mercedes-Benz golf cart harboring a variety of trimmings you won’t find on standard course offerings, says Slash Gear.
The vehicle is electrically driven and runs on a battery that is charged via roof-top solar panels. Manual charging, as for a conventional golf cart, is also possible. The doors can be clicked in or out.
It’s driven by a center-mounted joystick so that the driver or passenger can take the helm. There’s a head-up display, docking station and touch screen monitors for control of amenities like air conditioning, stereo and Bluetooth, weather updates and maps of the course layout.
And a refrigerator and retractable lightning rod. And then there’s the “fore button” – press it and it tells the other nearby Vision golf carts to sound “a warning signal” about an errant shot, writes the AutoBlog.
Heated and ventilated seats, the ‘Airscarf’ neck-level heating system, air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, cupholders and an illuminated vanity mirror all ensure creature comforts common to Mercedes-Benz cars are carried over.
Mercedes-Benz says the Vision Golf Cart can even be driven on public roads, thanks to its indicators and LED tail-lights and headlights – the latter featuring a floodlight function for play in low light.
“I was very inspired by the idea of designing a golf cart, giving it a new shape and new sorts of meaning,” Wagener said.
While only a concept, there is no word on whether Mercedes-Benz may follow through with the design, further teasing anyone who may want to try the cart out in the future.