Mercedes Launching Driverless Level 3 in 2022

Mercedes launching Driverless
Level 3 in 2022

December 14, 2021
Mercedes-Benz customers will be able to buy an S-Class with Drive Pilot the first half of 2022, enabling them to drive in conditionally-automated mode
  • at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph) in heavy traffic or congested situations
Researchers forecast that by 2025 we’ll see millions of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles on the road. Before merging onto roadways, self-driving cars will first have to progress through 6 levels of driver assistance technology advancements.

The Society of Automotive Engineers defines 6 levels of driving automation ranging from 0 (fully manual) to 5 (fully autonomous). These levels have been adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation. 
Level 3 (Conditional Driving Automation)
Vehicles have "environmental detection" capabilities and can make informed decisions for themselves, such as accelerating past a slow-moving vehicle. But - they still require human override.
During the conditionally automated journey, Mercedes' Drive Pilot allows the driver to take their mind off the traffic and focus on certain secondary activities,
  • “be it communicating with colleagues via in-car office, surfing the internet or relaxing while watching a film,” Mercedes said in a statement.
In Drive Pilot mode, applications can be enabled on the vehicle's integrated central display that are otherwise blocked while driving. 
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