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Mercedes-Benz uses green daytime driving lights to turn on autopilot, and California and Nevada are the first to approve

2024-07-23 Update From: SLTechnology News&Howtos shulou NAV: SLTechnology News&Howtos > IT Information >

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CTOnews.com, December 20 (Xinhua) in order to better convey information to other traffic participants, Mercedes-Benz will use turquoise daytime lights in the United States to mark the activation of its autopilot function, which has been approved for use in California and Nevada.

Mercedes-Benz's Drive Pilot autopilot system, based on lidar technology, can drive itself at a top speed of 64km / h and supports Mercedes-Benz S-Class and EQS models. The system can not only keep the vehicle driving in the lane, but also actively maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, identify traffic signals and road signs, and even perform avoidance operations independently.

According to the guidelines of the International Engineering Standards Organization (SAE International), Drive Pilot meets the first level of self-driving standards, that is, the driver is not involved in the driving process. As a result, drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel after turning on the system and carry out some "minor activities" on the in-car infotainment system, such as checking email or online shopping.

It should be noted that drivers must always be ready to take over the vehicle in bad weather and other conditions. If the driver does not take over the vehicle after the emergency warning from the system or the end of the timer, the system will automatically execute the emergency procedure to stop the vehicle, turn on the hazard warning light and unlock the door.

Turquoise daytime traffic lights are the first in the industry to make it clear to other road users that the Drive Pilot system is running. Mercedes-Benz said the color was chosen because it is eye-catching and distinct from traditional traffic lights and vehicle lights.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the system could also make it easier for police to identify whether the vehicle is on autopilot and whether the driver should carry out "secondary activities".

California has now approved a two-year test of the light, while Nevada will formally approve it for production models in 2026.

CTOnews.com with autopilot classification:

SAE International divides autopilot into six levels, from 0 to 5.

Levels 0 to 2 require the driver to always be active, hold the steering wheel with both hands and focus on the road. This level includes some limited functions, such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning or lane departure warning.

Level 1 includes systems that can provide steering, acceleration, or braking support, such as lane centering assistance or constant speed cruising, but only one system can be activated at a time.

Level 2 systems can activate one or more level 1 functions at the same time.

Level 3 is the first level considered autopilot, allowing the driver to take his hand off the steering wheel. Such systems can only drive vehicles under certain conditions and can only operate if all conditions are met. For example, Mercedes-Benz's Drive Pilot system can only run at a top speed of 64 kilometers per hour, during the day, in sunny weather and on scheduled highways. Drivers must also be ready to take over the vehicle, such as when it starts to rain or approaches the construction area.

Level 4 allows the driver to get rid of it completely, and the vehicle can have no steering wheel and pedals, but is still subject to the same environmental conditions as the level 3 system.

Level 5 is the ultimate level of autopilot, and the vehicle can drive itself under any condition and anywhere.

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