Reports of auto-titans partnering with each other, as well as other tech firms, have made the headlines in the past couple of months. The industry is speeding towards a minimal involvement of driver in driving. Supplementing such an environment, Mercedes Benz will offer its first self-driving, capable of eyes-off conditional autonomy in the next S-Class.
Reports suggest that the company will be trickling down the tech to the rest of its line-up after first introducing it in its flagship model, said Daimler’s head of research, Ola Kaellenius in Paris.
“We are on the verge of jumping to Level 3, which is our target for the next S class,” Kaellenius said. “That is something that you can then buy as an option, and you can proliferate it relatively quickly into higher volumes — especially with a brand like Mercedes.”
This news comes a few weeks after BMW announced the launch of its autonomous electric project iNext which will feature a level 3 autonomy. However, Mercedes and BMW are both behind Audi which featured the first level 3 autonomous system in the new A8 sedan.
Currently, all system available in the market except Audi including Tesla’s Autopilot as well as General Motors’ Super Cruise are advanced versions of Level 2 assistance where drivers cannot take their eyes off the road while engaging the autonomy.