Autonomes Fahren: Die nächste S-Klasse kann Level 3

Die nächste S-Klasse von Mercedes-Benz wird mit Level 3-Möglichkeit kommen.

Mercedes-Benz says its next S-Class sedan will feature the brand's first Level 3 autonomous system, a conditional self-driving system in which the car can handle most of its own driving.

Ola Kaellenius, Daimler's head of research, said at the Paris auto show last week that the technology will debut in the brand's flagship model and then spread to lower segment vehicles, Automotive News reports. The next S-Class is due in 2020, and Kaellenius, who is on track to succeed Dieter Zetsche as CEO in May, said it will be offered as an option.

That would keep it ahead of the reported 2021 debut of BMW's iNext, an electric crossover that will also have Level 3 self-driving capability, which is a subtle jump from existing Level 2 capabilities found in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and the Super Cruise GM uses in the Cadillac CT6. Those require drivers to keep their eyes on the road, ready to reassume control of the wheel at all times.

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