LAS VEGAS — Mercedes-Benz announced at CES 2023 that it has received Level 3 autonomous driving approval in Nevada, making it the first automaker to receive regulatory approval for the technology in the United States.
The automaker’s Drive Pilot system allows the vehicle to control driving functions under certain conditions and allows the driver to do other things, such as replying to emails.
Level 3 on the SAE International scale is approved for highway driving at speeds up to 40 mph. So the main use is for congestion and traffic jams.
Drive Pilot uses radar, lidar, camera, ultrasonic and humidity sensors to provide data about road conditions to the vehicle computer. Control speed, braking and lane position.
The system can always hand over control to the driver as a prerequisite for Level 3 automated driving. If the driver does not respond within 10 seconds of him, the car will come to an emergency stop.
Mercedes began offering Drive Pilot, the first level 3 automated driving system approved for European roads, as an option on S-Class and EQS models in May. Mercedes said at the time that the technology would cost 5,000 euros ($5,300) for the S-Class in Germany and 7,430 euros for his EQS. We are also seeking certification to sell Level 3 systems in California.