Mercedes-Benz aim to deliver world-first Level Three autonomy tech

German carmaker Mercedes-Benz continues to push the boundaries when it comes to innovation in their vehicles, with the manufacturer’s global CEO Ola Källenius announcing that the company is on the cusp of introducing Level Three autonomy in their new models.

The only barrier to releasing the technology, according to the CEO, is government approval, with Germany the only country that currently regulates automated driving within a legal framework.

But as more countries develop frameworks to support autonomous driving, Källenius said the introduction could prove to be a ground-breaking moment for the industry, comparing it to the moon landing.

Mercedes-Benz will introduce the technology through the new S-Class wagon, which is due to be released in 2021.

“We are really putting a stake in the ground with… the new S-Class,” said Källenius. “If we are successful with the legal framework for Level Three which we predict, (we) will be then the first one to plant a flag on the moon in terms of doing Level Three.”

“With the new S-Class we will enter a new dimension, because for Germany by next year we can offer Level Three automatic driving … up to 60kmh you drive without having any obligation to intervene.”

With the new level three autonomous driving technology, the S-Class will have the ability to operate without user intervention while travelling at speeds of up to 60kmh, allowing the technology to be used when driving through urban, built-up areas.

“In terms of automated driving in the new S-Class, we will attempt next year, probably as the first manufacturer in the world, to certify a Level Three system for certain driving situations, to really prove that the machine can take over and be fully responsible in some driving situations, even where the human is looking out the window,” said Källenius.

Mercedes-Benz aims to roll-out the Level Three autonomous technology in the new S-Class in Germany by the second half of next year.

Source: Caradvice | Mercedes could be world’s first car-maker with Level Three autonomy

7 September 2020

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