The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the world’s first standard-production vehicle to be awarded a test licence for autonomous driving in US state Nevada.
Three E-Class vehicles have been approved to drive themselves.
To allow autonomous driving functions to be tested, test vehicles previously had to be equipped with special hardware and software. This included additional sensors, modified steering, and an adapted ESP.
That is no longer the case with the new E-Class. The standard-production vehicle is already equipped with the required technology, said the company.
For the testing, only modifications to the Drive Pilot control unit are made.
Self-driving tests are permitted on all interstate and state highways in Nevada, with human drivers required for turning, merging, and departing.