News JVTech Electric cars: Tesla is overtaken by a big manufacturer on autonomous driving!
Published on 01/30/2023 at 06:40
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While Tesla hoped to become the first manufacturer to have a level 3 certified autonomous car, Elon Musk and his family have just been overtaken by another automotive giant.
Autonomous Driving and Tesla: A Complicated Love Story
For several years, autonomous driving is Tesla’s great hope and, at the same time, its biggest headache. Between multiple legislations, high-end technologies and the confessed lieit must be admitted that for some time now, the American manufacturer has been floundering a bit in terms of automation…
For those who don’t know, autonomous driving has a scale from 0 to 5which, in detail, gives us the following levels:Level 0: No autonomous systemLevel 1 : Driver assistanceLevel 2 : Partial driving automationLevel 3: Automation of driving under conditionsLevel 4: High level of driving automationLevel 5: Full driving automation
Spoiler: for the moment, no manufacturer has managed to offer a vehicle with level 5 autonomous driving, and in fact, this is also valid for level 4 – apart from a few automated shuttles. But even if it’s complicated, automotive brands are not giving up and continue to work on the development of advanced autonomous cars. And unfortunately for Tesla, Mercedes-Benz was faster!
Mercedes outperforms Tesla in the US
Blow to Tesla! Elon Musk’s firm has just been overtaken by Mercedes on autonomous driving. In effect, the German manufacturer has just obtained level 3 certification for its Drive Pilot autonomous driving system. However, don’t expect to see silver arrows flying through Paris in complete freedom anytime soon, as the system has only been approved in the state of Nevada in the United States.
Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz
In the modern world, time is one of the most precious commodities, and giving time back to our customers is a central part of our strategy to build the world’s most desirable cars. Our Drive Pilot is a major step in this direction and puts us at the forefront of innovation in the crucial area of autonomous driving. Drive Pilot demonstrates once again that our pioneering spirit is part of our DNA. The certification in Nevada marks the beginning of its international deployment and, with it, the dawn of a new era. Markus Schäfer, technical director of Mercedes-Benz
The Drive Pilot eliminates the need for the driver to constantly have their hands on the wheeland this, thanks to the external sensors developed by the brand for several years, but also to the addition of a LiDAR system and a camera in the rear window. This level 3 certification also leads to the transfer of responsibility from the driver to the autonomous driving system.. So that you understand, if there is an accident, and the driver was unable to take the wheel, the vehicle is supposed to be able to stop on its own, take the necessary steps to report the problem and open the doors. And that, Mercedes-Benz is the only brand in the world that can guarantee it – for the moment.
If Nevada is currently the only American state to have approved the Drive Pilot, Mercedes is already trying to have it validated in other Uncle Sam territories – in California in particular. If we follow the words of the German brand, the Drive Pilot will go on sale in the United States from 2024 in their EQS and S-Class sedans.
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