Germany recently updated the country’s Road Traffic Act to allow domestic car manufacturers to deploy Level 3 (L3) autonomy. When L3 features are activated, drivers can take their eyes off the road and rely on the vehicle to monitor the roads; however, drivers must be available to take over should a situation require human assistance. While automakers like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, GM and Tesla are closing in on L3 and beyond, legislation must be amended to legalize fully autonomous driving. Germany is making swift progress to become Europe’s first country to allow L3 autonomous driving, which could be as soon as September 2017.
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