According to foreign media reports, recently, Sajad Khan, head of future technology research and development of the Mercedes-Benz brand, announced the latest progress with respect to Mercedes-Benz & autonomous driving. Daimler has been working to ensure autonomous driving systems. However, Until safety performance reaches at least 99.999%, the use of autonomous driving systems will not be approved.
Mercedes-Benz & Autonomous Driving: Latest Update
It is reported that Mercedes-Benz’s future technology research and development department is named CASE. This stands for short for connected, autonomous, shared and electric. It is responsible for the development and acceleration of Mercedes-Benz’s latest technology. The current autonomous driving technology is a priority for CASE.
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At present, according to the plan, Mercedes-Benz and Bosch Group will conduct L4 level unmanned test in San Jose, California, the USA at the end of this year.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz has obtained the permission of the relevant management department in Stuttgart to conduct unmanned road tests in Germany with security personnel.
Mercedes-Benz is Preparing the next-generation S-class sedan for Level 3 conditional autonomous Driving
Sajad said that his current major project is the development of the next-generation S-Class sedan’s L3 autopilot function. However, so far the EU has not approved the sale of L3 autonomous vehicles in Europe, but according to the plan, the next generation of S-Class will be listed next year.
In this regard, Sajad explained that he believes that the relevant regulatory requirements will be conclusive before the middle of next year, and the results are likely to be positive.
On the other hand, Daimler will not approve the use of autonomous driving systems until it can ensure the safety performance of the autonomous driving system reaches at least 99.999%. That is, it can be safely driven in communities where children gather.
This move is likely to cause the new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class to be launched in Europe next year. However, it will not actually apply the L3 level of autonomous driving.
Compared to Mercedes-Benz’s conservative self-driving, Tesla is very positive about the self-driving performance. At present, most Tesla models are equipped with L2 level assisted driving function. This function can realize the vehicle’s autonomous cruise and assisted steering in a close section. Suffice to say that it is also the best-assisted driving system experience in the current market.
However, Tesla is lacking in terms of the safety of autonomous driving. A few days ago on December 7, a Tesla Model 3 rear-ended a police car parked on the side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut. At the time of the accident, the car’s Autopilot advanced driver assistance system was on.