Germany clears Mercedes-Benz hands-free drive system


Berlin-Germany’s Automotive Watchdog has cleared Mercedes-Benz’s semi-automatic driving system, paving the way for Daimler AG’s subsidiary to begin international delivery of drive pilot systems.

Mercedes-Benz said in a statement Thursday that the highly automated system will allow drivers to focus on other activities when vehicles equipped with this technology are in heavy traffic or on busy highways. rice field.

The German KBA authorities have approved the system based on the technical requirements set out in UN regulations.

“KBA sets national, European and international standards for road safety on the road to autonomous driving,” said Richard Dam, president of the authorities, in a statement.

In addition to UN regulations on technical requirements, countries need to pass legislation that clarifies where and how such systems can be used and the issue of liability.

Markus Schäfer, Daimler’s Chief Technology Officer, said:

As soon as legislation is enacted in China and the United States, Mercedes-Benz will offer systems in those markets, Schaefer added.

German approval means that Mercedes-Benz will be able to offer S-Class with drive pilots to German customers in the first half of 2022.

Such Level 3 automated systems have been approved in Germany since 2017. According to Mercedes-Benz, the suitable highways for the German drive pilot system are over 13,100 km (8,140 miles).

KBA has approved the system at a driving speed of 60 km / h (37 mph). It has not been decided whether to clear at speeds up to 130 km / h or the lane change assistant that automates the overtaking of another vehicle.