Merc Receives Approval in Germany For Level 3 Self-Driving System

Mercedes-Benz has received approval from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority for the company’s Drive Pilot self-driving system to be used at speeds of up to 60 km/h in heavy traffic or congested situations on suitable stretches of motorway.

The Drive Pilot was approved for Level 3 autonomous driving use. A Level 3 system is a conditionally automated system considered ‘eyes off’ and, in a statement, the company said that the Drive Pilot System would enable the driver to ‘take their mind off the traffic and focus on certain secondary activities, be it communicating with colleagues via In-Car Office, surfing the internet or relaxing while watching a film.’

The system has been approved for use on 13,191 kilometres of motorway in Germany, and Mercedes will be offering it to owners of the S-Class in the first half of 2022. The system approval also applies to the all-electric EQS sedan.

Drive Pilot uses the sensors built into the car, including LiDAR, a camera in the rear window, and microphones, as well as a wetness sensor in the wheel well. As well as the sensor data, the system receives information about the road geometry, route profile, traffic signs and traffic events, such as accidents or roadworks, from a digital HD map.

Mercedes-Benz said that extensive test drives for the system were underway in other markets, including the US and China, and would roll out it out as soon as national legal frameworks for conditionally automated operation were put in place in additional markets.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (December 2021/January 2022) 

3 January 2022

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