[SystemSafety] Mercedes and Autonomous Driving

Peter Bernard Ladkin ladkin at causalis.com
Fri Dec 10 12:20:39 CET 2021

I read in my local newspaper this morning that Mercedes-Benz have got the worldwide first "type 
certificate" for self-driving systems. It is called a "Drive Pilot"; it follows UN rule 157, and it 
allows hands-free driving at a maximum of 69kph along "autobahn-similar roads". The article says 
this covers quite a few Autobahnen, but I can't see how this can be -- the only 60kph limits on 
Autobahnen are in narrow lanes past road works.

"Type certificate" means that the German road vehicle authority has issued a permit for its use on 
German roads. It will be in the S-class Merc and the electric Pendant EQS.


Prof. i.R. Dr. Peter Bernard Ladkin, Bielefeld, Germany
Tel+msg +49 (0)521 880 7319  www.rvs-bi.de

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