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It’s called the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart, and it’s a design study showcasing what a golf cart of the future could well be like. The concept – based on input from golf and automobile fans globally, and penned by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Carlsbad, California – was unveiled at the ongoing British Open.

The concept is of an electric driven two-seater cart, powered by a battery kept continuously charged by a solar module integrated into the roof; manual charging as per conventional golf cart is also possible. A joystick mounted on the centre console makes it possible for either passenger to drive the vehicle.

The interior features ergonomically-shaped seats, with an AirScarf neck-level heating system envisaged as part of the equipment bag. Also on, an integrated air-conditioning system, with optional lightweight click-in doors protecting occupants from inclement weather if the need arises.

A trunk compartment underneath the stowage area provides space for the two golf bags, and the centre console has storage space for golf balls, scorecards and sun glasses, with a small fridge located beneath the console.

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The centre console also incorporates a multimedia panel that includes a rotatable docking station for an iPad/iPhone and a USB interface. Various functions can be controlled from here, for example vehicle functions such as loudspeakers or the air-conditioning system, the head-up display, the music system or communication with the clubhouse and other golf carts.

Users can even order drinks or food for the halfway catering, or simply share the digital score card or even photos from the game directly on social media channels. In the mix too is a “fore button,” which as its title suggests, sends a warning to other players of a misplaced shot.

A head-up display integrated into the windscreen, operable when the golf cart is stationary, allows the course layout, the current status of the game or weather information to be shown. The cart also features Bluetooth, allowing telephone calls to be made via the loudspeaker system while on the move.

Other kit includes windscreen wipers with rain sensors, illuminated vanity mirror, a windscreen that can be darkened to keep out glare as well as a retractable lightning rod for added safety. If you’re a golfer, it all sounds pretty well-thought out as a study; now, to see if it ever gets to become reality.