According to official data, the official presentation of the new generation of executive sedan Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be held in 2020. Among the numerous innovations is a system of autonomous control level 3 (conditional automation).
Autonomous driving systems and all-electric power units are what the global automotive industry is not expecting, and in the very near future. Many car manufacturers already have similar cars in their row, which have received “autopilot” of any level, as well as are equipped with a hybrid motor.
If everything is clear with hybrid power units, the “autopilot” has several levels. Specifically, the one that the engineers of the German brand Mercedes-Benz want to install in the new generation of its flagship sedan, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, has level 3. Such a system of autonomous driving, which is called “Conditional Automation,” implies independent control of the vehicle on those roads on which traffic is predictable (highway, etc.). But still the driver must be ready to take control if necessary.
Note also that the current legislation of many countries imposes some restrictions on the vehicle with the “autopilot”. So the development of such systems at this stage is “hampered” by the government of these countries. At the moment, the American GM (Super Cruise system), and Tesla, has the most advanced autonomous control systems. These “autopilots” refer to the second level. Well, the guys from Mercedes-Benz are going to go even further.
“We are on the verge of moving to the third level of our autopilot, which will appear in the next S-class,” – Ola Kaellenius, head of research at the German concern Daimler, told foreign media.
We would like to note that the Mercedes-Benz automobile brand is also a part of this concern.
It should be said also that so far autonomous vehicle control systems cannot be called completely safe. Unfortunately, there are not a few cases when due to the fault of the “autopilot” malfunction there were accidents, some even fatal.