Mercedes-Benz beats Tesla and obtains highest certification in vehicle autonomy

Mercedes-Benz has achieved level 3 automation, surpassing Tesla in the United States.


Mercedes-Benz announced that it had achieved autonomy level 3 certification for its vehicles in the United States, a step higher than Tesla itself .

“It is a very proud moment for all of us to continue this leadership and celebrate this monumental achievement as the first automotive company to be certified for Conditional Level 3 automated driving in the US market,” said Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dimitris Psillakis. , it’s a statement.

What does this achievement imply?

The levels of autonomy indicate how much the user can detach from the car so that it can drive itself on the highways.

Tier 3 is still a long way from the kind of robust autonomous driving feature that appears in science fiction, and in many ways it is still very similar to the Tier 2 systems currently in use on the road. You can keep your car in lane, adjust your speed based on the vehicle ahead, and even make lane changes.

But there’s one notable exception: Drivers don’t have to strictly keep their eyes on the road at all times, which could free them up to read articles or play video games on the infotainment screen.

Tesla is currently at Tier 2 with its Autopilot assistance software.

A race

Companies like Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford are competing in a market where autonomous driving is trying to prevail.

Waymo and Cruise have argued that jumping to Tier 4 technology, systems that could allow a driver to take a nap, from Tier 2 makes much more sense, since the handoff between humans and their software-based assistants may be imperfect or even be fatal.