At the recent Mercedes-Benz Safety Technology Day, the company stated that currently in China, Mercedes-Benz will also start the test of L3-level conditional autonomous driving. And actively communicate with relevant departments. The expert team of the Chinese R&D department is also deeply involved in the design and optimization of the DRIVE PILOT driving pilot system for the operation of China’s road conditions.
It is reported that Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker in the world to obtain the international certification of the L3-level conditional automatic driving system, and promotes the evolution from the L2-level to the L3-level with the DRIVE PILOT driving pilot system. This L3-level automatic driving system allows the driver to drive without hands, but the driver must be ready to take over the vehicle at any time. This system also limits the range of use, officially described as only in “suitable highway sections and places with heavy traffic”, and the maximum speed shall not exceed 40 miles per hour (about 64km/h). It is worth mentioning that if an accident occurs when the user uses the Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot automatic driving system, Mercedes-Benz will take full responsibility.
It is understood that Mercedes-Benz models equipped with the DRIVE PILOT driving navigation system have been commercialized in Germany, and have also been approved for commercial use in Nevada, USA this year, and the next goal will be to obtain commercial approval in California. Mercedes-Benz is also actively promoting the promotion and deployment of autonomous driving technology around the world.