[SystemSafety] Mercedes and Autonomous Driving
dewi.daniels at software-safety.com
Fri Dec 10 12:59:40 CET 2021
It reminds me of the queue assistant feature on my BMW. It will steer the
car automatically, but only if the car is on a motorway, its speed is less
than 35 mph and both the driver's hands are on the steering wheel. You
might think it could be useful in road works, but no, it complains the
lanes are too narrow. I did manage to use the queue assistant feature in
rush hour traffic on the M42 the other day, though the amount of steering
input required when driving at less than 35 mph on a motorway is minimal in
The main difference between this MB system and the BMW system seems to be
that the driver is allowed to take their hands off the wheel.
I suspect these systems are being added so that the manufacturers can gain
experience that can be applied to future, more functional systems.
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On Fri, 10 Dec 2021 at 11:38, John Spriggs <the.johnspriggs at googlemail.com>
> "Autobahn-similar" probably refers to the relative lack of junctions or
> pedestrians, and the presence of a central barrier - the car just has to
> drive slower than other road users, like a certain supermarket's lorries in
> the UK.
> On Fri, 10 Dec 2021 at 11:27, Peter Bernard Ladkin <ladkin at causalis.com>
>> 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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