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Mercedes accepting liability for self-driving cars

Written by Kfir Kedem – March 28, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Mercedes is the first automotive manufacturer in the world to accept liability for its Level 3 self-driving system. Up until now, self-driving cars such as Tesla have been at Level 2. This means that the drivers were still liable for anything that happens on the road.

Mercedes’ self-driving system is called “Drive Pilot” and will be part of the company’s new electric sedan – the EQS. It will be driving autonomously on select German highways as well as at speeds under 40 mph (65 km/h). When the autopilot disengages, the driver will become liable again.

Auto Trendy’s take:

This is a huge step for automotive manufacturers. It also shows the trust that Mercedes has in its product. It took one company to accept liability and now the rest will have to follow. Questions still remain around self-driving cars such as, “when will legislation be created to sustain a self-driving future?” or “will other automotive manufacturers wish to accept liability at such an early stage of the technology?”

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