Mercedes-Benz wants you to watch movies instead of the road.

 Mercedes-Benz has reached a major milestone in the autonomous car race, allowing drivers to take their eyes off the road… but only if they’re stuck in German traffic jams… in 2022.

Yesterday, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) granted Mercedes-Benz system approval of Level 3 autonomous under UN-R157.

With the opening of the Road Traffic Act (StVG) for Level 3 systems in 2017, Germany was the first country to create a legal basis for the intended use of these systems. But with numerous cars offering ADAS and automated lane-keeping systems, letting unpick what this actually means.

What’s Level 3 again?

With SAE Level 3: the automated driving function takes over certain driving tasks, but the driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle at all times when prompted to intervene by the vehicle.

In the case of Mercedes, a special DRIVE PILOT enables drivers to engage in “certain secondary activities.” These include talking to colleagues via In-Car Office, surfing the internet, or watching films — applications that are otherwise blocked while driving.

However, which secondary activities of the driver are legally permissible depends on the respective national road traffic regulations — and Germany is today the first to make it legal.

But how does it work?