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Automotive News Europe

October 11, 2018 06:01 CET

PARIS — The subsequent Mercedes-Benz S category will offer a brand’s initial self-driving complement able of eyes-off redeeming autonomy.

The record will be introduced in a brand’s flagship indication before eventually trickling down into reduce shred vehicle, Ola Kaellenius, Daimler’s conduct of research, told reporters during a Paris automobile uncover final week. Kaellenius will succeed Dieter Zetsche as Daimler and Mercedes CEO in May.

“We are on a verge of jumping to Level 3, that is a aim for a subsequent S class,” Kaellenius said. “That is something that we can afterwards buy as an option, and we can proliferate it comparatively fast into aloft volumes — generally with a code like Mercedes.”

When asked either Mercedes’ record would arrive before BMW comes to marketplace in 2021 with a possess Level 3 complement designed for a iNext, Kaellenius indicated Mercedes would be first. “The subsequent S category is due for 2020, so a timeframe should be realistic,” he said.

Both Mercedes and BMW are behind Audi, that debuted a world’s initial eyes-off Level 3 complement in a new A8 sedan. The A8 has been versed to start charity a record to business as shortly as Audi receives regulatory capitulation to sell a system. Regulators in a standards-setting physique UNECE in Geneva continue to discuss with carmakers a reserve risks concerned with a technology.

Currently all systems accessible on a market, including Tesla’s Autopilot and General Motor’s Super Cruise, are are modernized versions of Level 2 assistance systems. Drivers can't take their eyes off a highway and contingency prepared during all times to take behind control of a vehicle. Level 3 systems also have singular use: usually Germany has ratified motorists to send operation of a car to a onboard computer.

Automakers are starting to get cold feet when it comes to a technology, with Volkswagen Group deliberation how to share a costs and a risks, both technical and legal, with other competitors.

Daimler is holding a twin lane proceed when it comes to self-driving technology. On a one palm it is elaborating a Level 2 hands-off assistance systems to a indicate where a motorist no longer has to guard a highway during all times. On a other, it is operative together with Robert Bosch to rise a entirely unconstrained car for mobility use providers handling robotaxi fleets.

You can strech Christiaan Hetzner during christiaan.hetzner@gmail.com.


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