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Sunday, January 29, 2023

At CES earlier this January, Mercedes announced that it would become the first car company to achieve certification from the SAE for a Level 3 driver assist system.




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...That became official on Thursday when the automaker confirmed its Drive Pilot ADAS (automated driver assist system) now complies with the requirements of Nevada Chapter 482A, which governs the use of autonomous vehicle technology on the state's roads. That makes Drive Pilot the only legal Level 3 system in the US for the moment.

"An unwavering commitment to innovation has consistently guided Mercedes-Benz from the very beginning," Dimitris Psillakis, President and CEO of MBUSA, said in Thursday's press statement. "It is a very proud moment for everyone to continue this leadership and celebrate this monumental achievement as the first automotive company to be certified for Level 3 conditionally automated driving in the US market."

Level 3 capabilities, as defined by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), would enable the vehicle to handle "all aspects of the driving" when engaged but still need the driver attentive enough to promptly take control if necessary.

That's a big step up from the Level 2 systems we see today such as Tesla's "Full Self-Driving," Ford's Blue Cruise, and GM's Super Cruise. All of those are essentially extra-capable highway cruise controls where the driver must maintain their attention on driving, typically keeping their hands on or at least near the wheel, and be responsible for what the ADAS is doing while it's doing it.

That's a far cry from the Knight Rider-esque ADAS outlook Tesla is selling and what Level 2 autonomy is actually capable of....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-29 02:50 PM | Reply

That's great but I'm not a fan of subscription services already in the car. Among them are remote start, remote lock and unlock, remote access to vehicle status, vehicle locator, maintenance management, the ability to find and send Points Of Interest in the navigation system, charging you for an additional driving sound called Roaring Pulse, extra 5.5 degrees of rear steering, and more planned to come.

Charging you to activate things already installed in the car is a deal breaker, no matter what the automaker comes up with.

#2 | Posted by BBQ at 2023-01-31 12:15 AM | Reply

If you can afford the MB the subscriptions aren't a problem.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-01-31 08:16 AM | Reply

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