Nevada Awards E-Class First Self-Driving Testing License
On display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), now taking place in Las Vegas, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has become the first standard-production vehicle to be awarded an autonomous testing license in the state of Nevada. Three E-Class vehicles have been approved to test self-driving capabilities.
“Nevada is proud to serve as the location where Daimler, an international automotive leader, can explore and test the possibilities of its cutting-edge autonomous vehicle,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “By collaborating with revolutionary, sustainable and creative endeavors Nevada is working to be at the forefront of emerging innovative technologies.”
The new E-Class is already fully equipped with intelligent autonomous technology, which means additional elaborate hardware and software were not required to earn the license. For testing purposes, only small modifications to the Drive Pilot control unit were necessary.
Prof. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, commented: “The fact that Mercedes-Benz is the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to be awarded such a license shows that we are a step ahead when it comes to autonomous Driving. The new E-Class is therefore another big step to the fully automated vehicle. ”
— Autoblog (@therealautoblog) January 6, 2016