Mercedes-Benz has revealed a concept of what it bills as the “ultimate golf cart” as part of activities at this year’s British Open at the Muirfield golf club in Scotland.
The cart was ceated at Mercedes-Benz’s advanced design studio in California using ideas submitted by golf fans in a competition held by the German car maker. The swoopy two seater adopts a number of design cues from current Mercedes-Benz models in combination with a one-box profile to give it a highly contemporary appearance that instantly makes traditional golf carts appear old fashioned.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Car is powered by a plug-in electric drive system; its lithium-ion battery is topped up by a solar panel integrated into the heavily curved roof structure. Dispensing with a traditional steering wheel, it employs a joy stick mounted on a sweeping centre console that runs through the middle of the cabin, allowing either occupant to perform the driving duties.
The centre console also incorporates a multimedia panel with a docking station for an iPad or iPhone, together with Bluetooth and USB interfaces. Among the functions incorporated on the Mercedes-Benz concept is a head-up display unit, loudspeakers, air-conditioning, infotainment centre and a communication system conceived to connect the new golf cart with the clubhouse and other golf carts.
The head-up display unit offers a number of ancillary functions, including a course layout, current scoring status and weather information modes. There’s even a 'fore' button to warn other players of a misplaced shot.