- Mercedes-Benz introduced it can introduce its Level 3 autonomous driving system in Nevada.
- Level 3 requires much less driver enter, permitting a person to, for instance, play videogames whereas driving.
- As of December, Tesla’s self-driving characteristic stays at Level 2, in line with US News.
Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce a better degree of autonomous driving for its US clients by the second half of 2023, according to an announcement made Thursday.
The German automotive firm’s “Drive Pilot” system is provided with Level 3 autonomous driving options based mostly on the requirements set by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
The characteristic will likely be accessible as an choice for the 2024 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and EQs Sedan fashions, the corporate stated. A US worth level was not disclosed. In Germany, the system prices $5,300 on the S-Class and about $8,000 on the EQS mannequin, according to Auto News Europe.
Unlike a Level 2 system, which requires fixed supervision from the driving force because the car steers and accelerates, Level 3 automation offers drivers extra leeway. The SAE defines Level 3 as a system the place the person will not be driving when “automated driving options are engaged — even in case you are seated in ‘the driving force’s seat.'”
A driver, for instance, can transfer their head and eyes away from the highway to speak with a passenger or watch a film, according to The Drive, an automotive news outlet that tested the Drive Pilot system.
During the demo, the take a look at driver performed Tetris and browsed the web because the Mercedes EQS dealt with all features of driving.
However, a Level 3 system nonetheless requires a driver to have the ability to regain management of the car at a second’s discover. This signifies that a driver can’t go to sleep or hinder their face whereas the car is transferring. When The Drive’s take a look at pilot put a digicam in entrance of his face, Mercedes’s autonomous driving system disengaged.
The system can also be restricted to sure highway circumstances, and Mercedes-Benz stated that its Drive Pilot characteristic will solely enable the car to go as much as 40 mph.
Still, by setting a 2023 date to carry a Level 3 autonomous system to Nevada clients, Mercedes-Benz seems to be on observe to surpass a few of its main electrical car opponents within the US, together with Tesla, Ford, and GM.
Since as far back as 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised to ship what Tesla calls “Full Self-Driving” options to its automobiles. But its rollout has both been delayed or confronted criticism from lawmakers, safety experts, and customers.
Some critics have additionally accused the corporate of misleading its customers by calling the corporate’s autonomous driving system “Full Self-Driving.”
In November, Musk introduced the “Full Self-Driving Beta” for North American clients, nonetheless, the system remains to be rated at Level 2, US News reported, which implies the car requires full driver consideration.
The characteristic virtually instantly attracted damaging media scrutiny with experiences of a Tesla Model S in “Full Self-Driving” mode inflicting an eight-car pileup within the San Francisco Bay Area in November.
According to The Intercept, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has investigated 35 crashes since 2016, during which Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” or “Autopilot” system was in use. The accidents have killed 19 folks, the outlet reported.
Mercedez-Benz stated in its announcement that its know-how complies with Nevada state laws, suggesting that the autonomous system will solely be accessible for patrons based mostly in Nevada. Mercedes-Benz added that it has additionally filed certification paperwork in California.
Spokespersons for Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and SAE didn’t reply to a request for remark.