In addition to sales figures, automobile manufacturers are in a race for the technologies they offer in their vehicles. Autonomous driving technology is one of them. As we move closer and closer to self-driving cars, companies are trying to offer the most advanced technology in their vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz became the first brand to receive Level 3 autonomous driving certification
Although Tesla comes to mind first about autonomous driving, some brands have started to surpass the US manufacturer in this regard. Mercedes-Benz, one of the brands that attaches great importance to autonomous driving technology, became the first brand to receive Level 3 autonomous driving certification in the USA.
Many companies were racing to introduce Level 3 autonomous driving technology for the first time. Although Tesla and the FSD system were seen as leading in this process, they could not get the necessary permissions. Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, came to the fore in this regard by breaking new ground.
Mercedes-Benz has crossed an important threshold in autonomous driving through the cameras, GPS and sensors it offers in its vehicles. Mercedes-Benz’s Drive Pilot system, which allows Level 3 autonomous driving, will currently come with the S-Class and EQS models.
Level 3 autonomous driving technology, also known as conditional automation, allows the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel and their feet off the pedals. While this technology allows the vehicle to move on its own under certain conditions, drivers are expected to be alert and ready to take control at all times.
It is also worth mentioning that the Level 3 autonomous driving system currently creates a gray area in terms of laws and regulations. Most countries do not yet have specific regulations for vehicles with Level 3 autonomous driving technology. Therefore, it remains unclear what the legal responsibilities of the driver and the automaker will be in the event of an accident. Therefore, this project has only been given the green light in the US state of Nevada for now.
As technology progresses, we will see Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous driving technologies on the roads. We have to wait for a while to see these technologies that leave the control of the car to the autonomous system. So what do you think about the driverless car? You can share your views with us in the comments section.