Mercedes-Benz becomes first car brand to get L3 autonomous driving approval

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Mercedes-Benz becomes the first automotive brand to meet the demanding legal requirements for Level 3 autonomous driving.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How does the Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot work?

    Drive Pilot can take over equipped vehicles in conditionally automated mode at speeds of up to 60kph in heavy traffic or congested situations on suitable stretches of motorway in Germany.
  • What happens if the driver fails to take over the wheel after Drive Pilot expires?

    When this happens, the system brakes the vehicle to a standstill in a controlled manner and with suitable deceleration.
  • S-Class vehicles equipped with Drive Pilot, Mercedes-Benz’s Level 3 automated driving technology, can drive in conditionally automated mode at speeds of up to 60kph in heavy traffic or congested situations on suitable stretches of motorway in Germany.

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    When drivers activate Drive Pilot, the system controls the speed and distance, and effortlessly guides the vehicle within its lane. The system can also react to unexpected traffic situations and handle them independently through evasive maneuvers within the lane or by braking maneuvers.

    If the driver fails to take back control even after increasingly urgent prompting or after the takeover time expires, the system brakes the vehicle to a standstill in a controlled manner and with suitable deceleration.

    “For many years, we have been working to realize our vision of automated driving. With this LiDAR-based system, we have developed an innovative technology for our vehicles that offers customers a unique, luxurious driving experience and gives them what matters most: time. With the approval of the authorities, we have now achieved a breakthrough: We are the first manufacturer to put conditionally automated driving into series production in Germany,” said Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG Markus Schäfer.

    “With this milestone, we are once again proving our pioneering work in automated driving and also initiating a radical paradigm shift. For the first time in 136 years of automotive history, the vehicle takes over the dynamic driving task under certain conditions. At the same time, we are pleased that Germany is continuing its pioneering role in automated driving with this approval,” Schäfer added.

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