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says its next
will feature the brand’s first Level 3
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
last week that the technology will debut in the brand’s flagship model and then spread to lower segment vehicles,
Automotive News reports
, 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
that will also have Level 3 self-driving capability, which is a subtle jump from existing Level 2 capabilities found in systems like
and the Super Cruise
. Those require drivers to keep their eyes on the road, ready to reassume control of the wheel at all times.
Under Level 3, the driver can take his or her hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, but will be alerted to retake control if the vehicle can’t handle the functions under certain conditions. Both
are behind the
, which features six cameras, five radar sensors and a laser scanner to enable Level 3 autonomous driving, though
due to several factors including lagging regulatory approvals.
reports that Germany is the only country so far that has legalized the ability to transfer operation of the vehicle to an onboard computer.
has said it plans to
next year at a plant near Detroit.
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