Mercedes-Benz has gained approval from regulators in California and Nevada for the use of turquoise blue lights on its vehicles to indicate autonomous driving modes. This distinct color, visible on the front, sides, and back of the car, is part of Mercedes’ “Drive Pilot” system, designed for conditionally autonomous driving.

The turquoise blue lights are intended to signal to pedestrians and other drivers that the vehicle is under fully autonomous control. This innovative approach addresses the challenge of determining whether a vehicle is driven by a human or an algorithm, helping enhance safety and communication on the road.

Mercedes-Benz receives approvals for turquoise-colored automated driving marker lights in California and Nevada.

In a landscape where self-driving technology is evolving, and legislation is adapting to accommodate it, Mercedes-Benz’s use of turquoise blue lights provides a clear visual indication of autonomous operation. The color choice is deliberate, ensuring differentiation from traditional light colors used in vehicles, such as white for headlights, red for brake lights, and amber for turn signals. The turquoise blue color is distinctive and does not overlap with the hues used by emergency vehicles.

Mercedes’ “Drive Pilot” system is currently approved for use in California and Nevada, where it has undergone testing. The system allows drivers to experience conditional autonomy, particularly in traffic jams on specific highways. While the technology permits drivers to be more relaxed, it still requires them to stay vigilant, setting it apart from some other driver assistance systems.

Turquoise-colored automated driving marker lights will be featured on Mercedes S-Class and EQS models starting in early 2024.

Starting in early 2024, the turquoise blue lights will be featured on Mercedes S-Class and EQS models, marking a notable step in the visual communication of autonomous driving capabilities. While this innovation contributes to road safety and clarity in autonomous driving scenarios, it is currently limited to the states of California and Nevada.

Let’s not forget that autonomous driving has been under the eyes of many critics, especially after incidents like the ones that happened in San Francisco involving an autonomous vehicle that got stuck in concrete, or safety issues during mass shootings with Waymo and Cruise vehicles.

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