Mercedes-Benz Says It Does Autonomous Driving Better Than Tesla

Mercedes-Benz claims Drive Pilot has reached level 3 of automation, while Tesla has only level 2.

Mercedes-Benz claims Drive Pilot has reached level 3 of automation, while Tesla has only level 2.
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Mercedes-Benz seems to be beating Tesla at its own game as a manufacturer of luxury cars announced last week that its new car system will have a level of autonomous capability higher than Tesla’s current level self drive.

Mercedes-said Benz on Thursday that its Drive Pilot system has achieved SAE Level 3 automation, which is based on the industry standard SAE levels of driving automationa taxonomy published and used by SAE International classify the ability of vehicle automation. SAE Level 3 allows the car to take full driving responsibility but may require human intervention. With this announcement, MercedesBenz has overtaken Tesla boasting Autonomous driving according to SAE Level 2where a human is the one driving while constantly monitoring the car’s self-driving technology.

“An unwavering commitment to innovation has consistently guided Mercedes-Benz since its inception,” said Dimitris Psillakis, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, in the company’s announcement. “It is a very proud moment for everyone to continue this leadership and celebrate this monumental achievement as the first automotive company to be certified for Level 3 conditionally automated driving US market.”

In an even bigger blow to Tesla, Mercedes-Benz also announced that the company has received approval to bring the Driver Pilot system to consumer highways in Nevada. Nevada is asking automakers to do the same self-certify to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles meeting every autonomous driving technology Nevada Chapter 482A for Autonomous Vehicles before it can be driven on state highways. Mercedes-Benz says Drive Pilot can take over driving tasks Roads with certain conditionsup to a speed of 40 miles per hour.

“Drive Pilot shows once again that our pioneering spirit is part of our DNA. The certification in Nevada marks the beginning of the international rollout and thus the start of a new era,” said Markus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer of the Mercedes-Benz Group.

That’s not a great look for Tesla, which has built an entire brand around this feature over the past decade. After several newsworthy crashes allegedly Related to Tesla’s self-driving capability, the company has been named Autopilot in several legal cases and investigations related to its advanced driver assistance system. A lawsuit includes a fatal crash in 2019 in which The driver’s attorneys claim Tesla’s autopilot function is to blame for the crash. The second is a ongoing criminal investigation by the Department of Justice whether or not Tesla misled the public in its advertising of Autopilot.