While Tesla has been actively promoting its autopilot for many years, which has nothing to do with a full-fledged autopilot, Mercedes-Benz became the first automobile company in the United States to obtain a license for a third-level autopilot.
Mercedes-Benz in their cars relies on driver assistance systems under the general name Drive Pilot. This is a collection of cameras, GPS data, lidars and other sensors that allow the car to move to some extent without the participation of the driver. Such a system is now available in the S-Class and EQS.
The autopilot of the third level, we recall, implies the ability for the driver to completely let go of the steering wheel and go about their business, but at the same time, a person must still be ready to take control at any time.
Technologically, many companies have already stated that they are ready to release the corresponding cars, but there is a problem with the legislation in most countries, since the necessary norms are often not yet prescribed there. In particular, the important question of who will be held responsible in the event of an accident remains open.