Audi beat the competition in integrating level 3 autonomy into production vehicles when it was fitted to the A8 sedan. In order not to be outdone by its German rival, Mercedes-Benz increased the stake with its S-Class vehicles.
According to the company, the 2020 lineup is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class will already offer level 3 autonomy. Basically, the Level 3 system allows the car to drive itself under most conditions without human intervention. However, immediate measures are still being implemented. There will be times when the vehicle requests input from the driver in critical situations.
Although not mentioned by the source, it is understood that cars with the self-driving technology will likely stay equipped with that Attention assistant The Mercedes system too. The system detects when drivers are sleepy. That way, you can make sure they’ll be ready when the car returns control to them.
The current S-Class only has level 2 autonomy. That means the car can only help with steering, acceleration and deceleration. The driver’s full attention on the road is still a must.
Marketing of self-driving cars challenged
Despite rapid progress in the development of self-driving cars, Thatcham Research, the UK’s leading vehicle safety agency, is urging the government to reconsider its laws for vehicles with semi-autonomous systems. Thatcham’s Matthew Avery argues that the current marketing plans of automakers naming their vehicles “Autopilot” and “Propilot” are not helpful and just create a false sense of security.
Avery believes that while the development of autonomous driving technology has great safety benefits, companies should be careful about putting marketing names on their cars. He said drivers might be confused about the extent of the capabilities of the self-driving vehicle.