Mercedes-Benz now leads Tesla in autonomous tech
Move over Tesla Autopilot and GM Super Cruise. German automaker Mercedes-Benz is the world’s first automaker to gain internationally valid regulatory approval in producing vehicles capable of Level 3 autonomous or “conditionally automated” driving. Mercedes-Benz’s updated Drive Pilot system can take over the driving chores while the vehicle is traveling at the legally permitted speed of 37 mph (60 kph). After activating Drive Pilot via a pair of haptic buttons above the steering wheel thumb rests, the system controls the driving speed and following distance while independently performing evasive or braking maneuvers – all without physical driver intervention. The Mercedes-Benz Drive Smart Level 3 autonomous driving feature will become available in the S-Class luxury sedan and EQS electric luxury car in Europe by early 2022. There is no word yet on when the system will receive road-legal certification in the USA. Still, we reckon Mercedes-Benz is working closely with the Department of Transportation and the NHTSA to bring Level 3 autonomous driving to American highways soon.