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We wanted to discover traffic in order to use Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot. That’s not difficult in Los Angeles. Our driver, Jochen Haab, Mercedes-manager Benz’s of validation and testing for advanced driver assist systems, got on Interstate 10 at Crenshaw Boulevard and drove toward Santa Monica to find the modest highway speeds required to activate the Level 3 autopilot vehicle.
Despite the fact that it only operates at speeds of up to 40 mph, the technology worked flawlessly. Drive Pilot, unlike certain Level 2 systems, cannot execute automated lane changes in the United States. This technology is part of Mercedes-Intelligent Benz’s Drive Level 2 driver-assist system, which is available across the entire lineup, and we expect it to be added to Drive Pilot in the near future. Drive Pilot is now only available on the new Mercedes-Benz S-class and the EQS electric sedan, but it will be spread to more Mercedes-Benz models in the future.
While Drive Pilot offers the advantage of not requiring the driver to keep their eyes on the road like other hands-free systems do, its speed and location constraints put it behind several Level 2 systems already available in the United States. Mercedes claims that it will have received clearance in California and Nevada by the end of the year, and that Drive Pilot will be available on S-class and EQS models in the United States by early 2023. When it arrives, we expect the option to cost roughly $5000, and Mercedes says it will most likely be available via an over-the-air upgrade.