Mercedes-Benz has permission to deploy the advanced automated driving systems on Nevada roads after a self-certification
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said on Thursday that German carmaker Mercedes-Benz can deploy advanced automated driving systems on its roads after it completed a self-certification.
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The automaker said the Nevada DMV approved its application and is preparing the certificate of compliance that will be issued within the next two weeks.
The "SAE Level 3 conditionally automated driving" system allows a driver to legally take their eyes off the wheel but must be available to resume control if needed. On suitable highway sections and where traffic density is high, the system, called DRIVE PILOT, can offer to take over driving, Mercedes-Benz says.
Mercedes Chief Software Officer Magnus Oestberg told reporters on Thursday that Mercedes will have to seek approval to allow Level 3 driving from regulators in each U.S. state. Mercedes has the technology ready to offer limited automated driving in all U.S. states once regulators approve, he said.
The company has applied for certification in California and is optimistic the state will follow Nevada soon.
The Nevada DMV noted it does not issue any permit or license based on an autonomous vehicle’s level of automation and allows all automation levels to operate on public streets.