Mercedes-Benz E-Class Awarded First Self-Driving Testing License in Nevada

According to a press release from earlier this week, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has become the world's first standard-production vehicle to earn a test-license for self-driving technology in Nevada. Three standard-production E-Class vehicles are approved for autonomous driving.

Fully equipped with intelligent self-driving technology, the E-Class did not require elaborate special hardware or software, to receive the permit. For autonomous testing purposes, only small software modifications to the Drive Pilot control unit were needed.

"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."

Nevada first passed autonomous driving regulations back in June 2011. Two test drivers will be present in the vehicles for all tests in everyday traffic.

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