visionary golf cart.
Besides innovative ideas of golf and automobile fans,
the golf cart of the future includes
the characteristics of a Mercedes-Benz.
“Sculpture on wheels”.
“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”, says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “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 a golf cart like a car, and making it a 'Golf Car'”. Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz called upon golf and automobile fans from around the world to submit their ideas for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart of the future. So began the search to find the best, most unusual, most innovative and most promising concepts.
A jury chaired by Gorden Wagener then selected the best entries from among all the submissions. The winners received an exclusive invitation as VIP guests to the Open Championship.
International Ideas are a valuable contribution.
Building on the basis provided by these ideas and concepts, and due consideration to the Mercedes-Benz design strategy, the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California, developed the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart. The cart combines the aspects of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the functionality of a golf cart. The diamond grille, for instance, was incorporated to give the cart a modern face that is unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz. The idea of the competition was enthusiastically taken up by golfers from all over the world like Japan, South Africa and Germany, as well as North- and South America. The most frequently mentioned ideas and requirements were then incorporated into the design study that has now been presented.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart is electric driven, powered by a battery that is kept continuously charged by a solar module integrated into the roof. Manual charging, as for a conventional golf cart, is also possible.
”Simplicity is the key”.
The vehicle is controlled in innovative and intuitive fashion via a joystick mounted on the centre console, so making it possible for either passenger to drive the golf cart. „It has the latest in modern technology. Using touch screen monitors, virtually all aspects of the cart can be controlled without extra buttons. Simplicity is the key. Intuition and pure form can maybe best describe the cart“, says Margarete Wies, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California. The centre console also incorporates a multimedia panel Various functions that are available in the golf cart can be controlled from here, for example vehicle functions such as loudspeakers or the air-conditioning system. If so required the head-up display integrated into the windscreen can also be used, to show the course layout, the current status of the game or weather information.
Visionary golf cart
Comfort in every position.
One wish that came up time and time again, irrespective of country or language, was the possibility of being able to use a telephone. The cart thus also features Bluetooth, so allowing telephone calls to be made. An important issue is connectivity. Due to the iPad/iPhone connection to the cart it is possible to communicate directly with the golf club. Current weather data and rain radars are available at any time. The so-called "fore button" can be used to quickly warn other players of a misplaced shot. The interior takes its cues from the design of a Mercedes-Benz car. The ergonomically shaped seats, for example, are heated as well as ventilated. The AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, first introduced in 2011 in the new SLK Roadster, wraps the neck and shoulder area in warm air. There is also an integrated air-conditioning system.
The optional lightweight doors are another special feature. A click-in function allows these to be very simply fitted if the weather is not so good, so providing protection against wind and rain.
One very commonly expressed request from the international entrants to the competition was, quite simply, to have plenty of stowage space. As well as the trunk compartment underneath the stowage area for the two golf bags, there are two dashboard compartments. In addition to its use on the golf course, the golf cart is also able to run on normal roads. The designers have, for example, also included all the vital features such as indicators, headlamps and tail lights. Thanks to the LED headlamps, play can also continue when the light starts to fail, as they include a floodlight function. Although the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart is only a design study so far, there are no doubt many players who would like to see the cart become reality, bringing its fresh ideas and thus more fun, more innovation and more comfort to moving around on the golf course.