Mercedes-Benz used the word "imminent" when talking about the launch of their autonomous driving technology.

Mercedes-Benz used the word "imminent" when talking about the launch of their autonomous driving technology.

According to company boss Dieter Zetsche, Mercedes-Benz's efforts as far as autonomous driving tech will soon be seen on a production car, thus hinting the model in question will be the next generation E-Class due in 2016. Before that, the Daimler-owned marque will apparently present a concept in September at Frankfurt Motor Show which will preview the highly anticipated mid-size model. Zetsche said the tech will revolve mostly around highway driving and parking.

The technology will probably feature an evolution of the Highway Pilot system demonstrated last year in the Future Truck 2025 concept. This means the next E-Class will be able to drive itself up to a certain speed (85 km/h in the truck’s case) on highways and should brake, change lanes and even perform overtakes on its own. Moreover, the W213 generation should also autonomously park itself without the necessity of having a driver behind the wheel.

Mercedes-Benz says autonomous technology is imminent, could debut on 2016 E-Class