Mercedes-Benz has announced the first sale of a Level 3 autonomous vehicles in the U.S., and this marks a first for any automaker selling in the country. The advanced system, named Drive Pilot, allows drivers to take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel under specific conditions, such as clear weather and speeds under 40 mph on certain California and Nevada freeways. Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” is Level 2, requiring constant driver attention, but Mercedes’ system genuinely reduces driver engagement by handling certain driving tasks fully on its own. This is a nice move forward. In the coming month or so, I’ll cover the differences between the levels 1 through 5.

Mercedes-Benz is the first car maker to sell vehicles that can drive themselves autonomously (in some scenarios) in the U.S.

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