Mercedes Benz takes Autonomous Driving to Level 3

February 2022

It’s a milestone the head of development at Mercedes-Benz, Markus Schäfer, compares to landing a probe on the moon. In early December, the southwest German automotive giant became the first carmaker in the world to receive level 3 permission for highly automated driving.

Approval was granted under the United Nations’ internationally valid regulation UN-R157. Level 3 allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and look away from the road while requiring them to be ready to retake control of vehicles at any time.

The Mercedes system is called Drive Pilot, and the carmaker says it’s designed to work in dense traffic at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour on pre-mapped stretches of highway: Mercedes plans to offer the system in its S-class sedans in early 2022.

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