Mercedes-Benz is all set to debut its level 3 autonomous driving tech in the US.
Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to launch its level 3 autonomous driving technology in the US. Drive Pilot, as Mercedes-Benz calls it, is currently in its beta stage and will be introduced in US-bound cars. Reports suggest that the EQS and the S-Class will be the first in line to get the software and compatible hardware.
It is worth noting that the German automaker has taken a different approach in testing the technology as compared to Tesla or Rivian. While Tesla and Rivian have been testing their technology on busy roads during live traffic, Mercedes-Benz has been conducting tests at its dedicated facility.
Mercedes-Benz’s Drive Pilot uses the surrounding sensors of the carmaker’s Driving Assistance Package, along with additional sensors, which, according to the company, are indispensable for safe conditionally automated driving. The hardware includes a 4-GPS antenna setup, which pulls data directly from satellites, LiDAR, a camera at the rear window, and microphones, which are tailored to detect blue lights and other signals from emergency vehicles.
In addition to this, the tech also comes with supplemental steering and braking systems, along with a supplemental onboard electrical system. Mercedes-Benz claims that the Drive Pilot technology ensures that the car 'remains manoeuvrable even if one of these systems fails and enables safe handover to the driver.'