Mercedes-Benz can now deploy advanced automated driving systems on its roads after getting certified, said the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). As stated by the automaker, the Nevada DMV approved its application and the certification process is under process. It is the certificate of compliance that is expected to 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 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. “Mercedes has certified that their technology meets Nevada ‘minimal risk condition’ requirement that requires a Level 3 or higher ‘fully autonomous’ vehicle to be able to stop if there is a malfunction in the system,” the DMV said adding it “does not test or certify vehicles.”