The state of Nevada has officially given Mercedes permission to sell vehicles with the most advanced autonomous software available to US consumers.
Mercedes first Nevada had accepted its application at CES 2023 earlier this month; as of Thursday, the final certification steps are complete.
Mercedes S-Class and EQS Sedans for the 2024 model year will have capabilities, with the first customer deliveries beginning in the second half of 2023. Last year, Mercedes also became the first automaker in Europe to achieve this certification, and has been selling vehicles with the software in Germany since May 2022.
"Certification in Nevada marks the start of [an] international rollout and, with it, the dawning of a new era," Markus Schäfer, chief technology officer at Mercedes. "This significant milestone sets the ground-breaking Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot system apart as the first and only Level 3 system in a standard-production vehicle authorized for use on US public freeways."