Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc Self-driving mode on the Mercedes-Benz Inteliigent Drive S-Class with Jochen HaabSelf-parking mode on the Mercedes-Benz Inteliigent Drive S-Class with Jochen Haab

It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year visited Cape Town as the fourth stop in its five-continent Intelligent World Drive tour, aimed at gathering insight into real-life traffic conditions and road user practices in different countries.