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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Obtaining most licenses in the State of Nevada is a relatively straightforward and laid-back affair. Marriage licenses, for example, are issued to just about any couple--some of them being married by Elvis impersonators. Now, a new self-driving car has been issued the permit to pilot itself on public roads.

To be specific, we're talking about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the latest vehicle to be issued the license to conduct driverless testing inside the desert state. While the car has yet to be revealed, it has already generated quite a bit of buzz thanks to its cutting-edge tech.

The new E-Class is the first standard-production car to be granted an autonomous driving permit in the world. It differs from past projects wherein the car had to be fitted with all sorts of gear--from sensors to specially designed steering wheels that made the vehicle safe to operate. Today’s new breed of self-drivers only need a bit of tweaking to the software and that’s it.

Nevada has been allowing self-driving vehicles to conduct testing on its roads since 2011. Such tests are allowed on all of its interstates. Of course, the cars can’t be let loose all by themselves. A driver must still be behind the wheel for contingencies, along with a passenger. Each of the test vehicles must bear a red license plate to identify it as an autonomous vehicle.

Back in May of 2015, Mercedes-Benz fielded two self-driving trucks in Nevada for experimental purposes. The upcoming E-Class is the first car to have the distinction of being a test bed for what could very well be the future of driving. If all goes well, we just might see more Mercs and other cars driving themselves real soon.


Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a car nut ever since he discovered what a car was. As a kid, he'd play with toy cars, with sound effects to boot. He has been writing about his passion for over a decade now.
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