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Mercedes Is Humiliating Tesla

Musk is losing the self-driving race badly.

Will Lockett
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4 min readJun 17, 2024

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Tesla is the global leader in autonomous self-driving cars — or, at least, that’s what you might think if you listen to Elon Musk. However, another manufacturer pushed automotive technology forward decades before Elon Musk was even born: Mercedes. This German giant has pioneered technology like electric windows, frameless windows, crumple zones, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability programs, multilink suspension, and a smorgasbord of combustion engine innovations. With such a spirit of innovation, it’s no surprise Mercedes has been heavily focused on developing self-driving systems for years now. In fact, its Drive Pilot system makes Tesla’s FSD look unsophisticated and outdated.

But how good is Drive Pilot?

Well, Drive Pilot is a Level 3 autonomous system, unlike Tesla’s FSD, which is a Level 2 autonomous system. In fact, Drive Pilot is the first, and currently only, Level 3 system to hit the market. To classify as a Level 3 system, it needs to be conditionally fully autonomous. This means that in certain circumstances, the driver can legally take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, and relax. In fact, if a Mercedes using Drive Pilot gets into an accident while under this conditional automation, it’s actually legally Mercedes at fault, not the driver! A…

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Will Lockett
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