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Mercedes-Benz becomes 'world's first' automotive company to certify ... - Robotics and Automation News

Mercedes‑Benz claims to have become the world’s first automotive company to bring SAE Level 3 conditionally automated driving to the US, with Nevada being the first state to confirm the compliance of the system with state regulations.

This significant milestone sets the ground-breaking Mercedes‑Benz “Drive Pilot” system apart as the first and only SAE Level 3 system in a standard-production vehicle authorized for use on US public freeways.

Complying with the requirements of Nevada Chapter 482A for Autonomous Vehicles, Drive Pilot will allow the driver to hand over the dynamic driving task to the vehicle under certain conditions.

Mercedes‑Benz has the ambition to continue to expand to California later this year with the certification documents already filed with state authorities.

Drive Pilot will be available in the US market as an option for model year 2024 Mercedes‑Benz S-Class and EQS Sedan models, with the first cars delivered to customers in the second half of 2023.

Markus Schäfer, chief technology officer, Mercedes‑Benz Group, says: “In the modern world, time is one of the most precious commodities, and giving back time to our customers is a core element in our strategy to build the world’s most desirable cars.

“Our Drive Pilot takes a major step forward in achieving that, and places us at the very forefront of innovation in the crucially important field of automated driving.

“Drive Pilot demonstrates once more that our pioneering spirit is part of our DNA. Certification in Nevada marks the start of its international rollout and, with it, the dawning of a new era.”

On suitable freeway sections and where there is high traffic density, Drive Pilot can offer to take over the dynamic driving task, up to the speed of 40 mph.

The control buttons needed for this are located in the steering wheel rim, on the left and right above the thumb recesses. Once conditions are suitable, the system indicates availability on the control buttons.

When the driver activates Drive Pilot, the system controls the speed and distance, and effortlessly guides the vehicle within its lane. The route profile, events occurring on the route and traffic signs are correspondingly taken into consideration.

The system also reacts to unexpected traffic situations and handles them independently. For example, by evasive maneuvers within the lane or by braking maneuvers.

Dimitris Psillakis, president and CEO of MBUSA, says: “An unwavering commitment to innovation has consistently guided Mercedes‑Benz from the very beginning.

“It is a very proud moment for everyone to continue this leadership and celebrate this monumental achievement as the first automotive company to be certified for Level 3 conditionally automated driving in the US market.”

LiDAR sensor and redundant systems

The top priority for Mercedes‑Benz when introducing such a system is safety, which includes high demands on operational reliability. Drive Pilot builds on the surround sensors of the Driving Assistance Package and comprises additional sensors that Mercedes‑Benz considers indispensable for safe conditionally automated driving.

These include LiDAR, as well as a camera in the rear window and microphones for detecting emergency vehicles, as well as a road wetness sensor in the wheel well.

A vehicle equipped with the optional Drive Pilot system also has redundant steering and braking actuators and a redundant on-board electrical system, so that it remains maneuverable even if one of these systems fails and a safe handover to the driver can be ensured.

If the driver fails to take back control even after increasingly urgent prompting and expiration of the takeover time (e.g., due to a severe health problem), the system brakes the vehicle to a standstill in a controlled manner while engaging the hazard warning lights.

Once the vehicle has come to a standstill, the Mercedes‑Benz emergency call system is activated and the doors are unlocked to make the interior accessible for first responders.

High-precision positioning system

The exact location of a Mercedes‑Benz equipped with Drive Pilot is determined using a high-precision positioning system that is much more powerful than conventional GPS systems.

In addition to the anonymised data collected by LiDAR, camera, radar and ultrasound sensors, a digital HD map provides a three-dimensional image of the road and the surroundings with information on road geometry, route characteristics, traffic signs and special traffic events (e.g. accidents or road works). This is made available and updated via a backend connection.

This high-precision map differs from maps for navigation devices by, among other things, its higher accuracy in the centimetre rather than metre range and its detailed junction and route model.

The map data is stored in backend data centres and updated constantly. Each vehicle also stores an image of this map information on board, constantly compares it with the backend data and updates the local dataset as required.

All of this enables stable and accurate positioning through a representation of the surroundings that is independent of factors such as shadows or dirty sensors.

A powerful chipset inside the central control unit provides the necessary sophisticated software functions for conditionally automated driving while important algorithms are calculated redundantly within the framework of a modern security architecture.

Conditionally automated driving on suitable freeway sections

During the conditionally automated journey, Drive Pilot allows the driver to take their mind off the traffic and focus on certain secondary activities. When Drive Pilot is active, applications can be enabled on the vehicle’s integrated central display that are otherwise blocked while driving.

Initially introduced in Germany in May 2022, the highly sophisticated Mercedes‑Benz Drive Pilot system was the first SAE Level 3 system in the world to meet the demanding legal requirements of UN‑R157.

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) first granted system approval based on the regulation UN‑R157, paving the way for offering Drive Pilot internationally, where legislation allows.

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Cars, Property Torched in Palestinian Villages in Suspected Hate ... - Haaretz

A private house and a car were torched in a Palestinian village northeast of Ramallah on Sunday night, while six cars were torched in a nearby village - allegedly by Israelis.

Police are investigating the torching of a car and house in the village of Turmussya near the West Bank settlement of Shilo, but have not yet arrested any suspects. Three suspected figures were captured at the site in CCTV footage.

Also on Sunday night, six cars were torched in the village of Majdal Bani Fadil, allegedly by Israelis, who are also suspected of hurling stones at an ambulance. A group of settlers was staying in the nearby evacuated outpost of Or Haim in an attempt to reestablish it, but they left the plance on Saturday evening.

Palestinian media also reported that a vegetable stand was damaged in the Jordan valley, but Israeli security sources said they were not familiar with the case.

Police are investigating the incident in Turmussya as a potential hate crime after seven people were killed in a shooting attack outside a synagogue in East Jerusalem on Friday evening, followed by another shooting in Jerusalem by a 13-year-old Palestinian who wounded two people.

The recent attacks underscore a cycle of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories that has accelerated after Israeli forces killed ten Palestinians in clashes that ensued a raid in Jenin on Thursday.

Following the deadly raid, in which Israeli forces attempted to arrest suspects in planning terror attacks, the Palestinian Authority announced it was halting its security coordination with Israel.

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Tesla Owners Embarrassed As They Find Out How Much Better Other Cars Are - Security Boulevard

I’ve mentioned this before, and now it’s headline news. Pretty simple to see that people who bought Tesla never should have, and are lucky it didn’t kill them. When I got the second Tesla, I got Full Self-Driving and was very disappointed. I didn’t trust it, because I had scares several times when I was … Continue reading Tesla Owners Embarrassed As They Find Out How Much Better Other Cars Are →

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from flyingpenguin authored by Davi Ottenheimer. Read the original post at: https://www.flyingpenguin.com/?p=44947

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Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH) Given Consensus ... - MarketBeat

Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH - Get Rating) has been assigned an average rating of "Hold" from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $51.67.

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A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. StockNews.com assumed coverage on Sonic Automotive in a research report on Wednesday, October 12th. They set a "hold" rating on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Sonic Automotive from a "neutral" rating to an "overweight" rating and set a $60.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 6th. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on shares of Sonic Automotive from $35.00 to $33.00 and set an "underweight" rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, January 17th. Finally, Benchmark dropped their price target on shares of Sonic Automotive from $71.00 to $62.00 and set a "buy" rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 31st.

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Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of SAH. Raymond James & Associates raised its holdings in shares of Sonic Automotive by 4.8% in the first quarter. Raymond James & Associates now owns 25,601 shares of the company's stock valued at $1,088,000 after buying an additional 1,180 shares during the last quarter. Citigroup Inc. raised its stake in shares of Sonic Automotive by 12.4% in the first quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 20,929 shares of the company's stock worth $890,000 after acquiring an additional 2,303 shares during the last quarter. MetLife Investment Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Sonic Automotive by 62.1% during the first quarter. MetLife Investment Management LLC now owns 11,433 shares of the company's stock valued at $486,000 after purchasing an additional 4,378 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its holdings in shares of Sonic Automotive by 0.7% in the first quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 74,358 shares of the company's stock valued at $3,161,000 after purchasing an additional 502 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS raised its position in Sonic Automotive by 14.1% in the 1st quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 17,888 shares of the company's stock worth $760,000 after purchasing an additional 2,205 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 52.50% of the company's stock.

Sonic Automotive Stock Down 0.3 %

Shares of SAH stock opened at $50.86 on Friday. Sonic Automotive has a 12 month low of $34.17 and a 12 month high of $59.19. The company has a quick ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51. The firm has a market cap of $2.00 billion, a PE ratio of 5.56 and a beta of 1.89. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $49.51 and a 200-day moving average of $47.50.

Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH - Get Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 27th. The company reported $2.23 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $2.50 by ($0.27). Sonic Automotive had a net margin of 2.71% and a return on equity of 35.42%. The company had revenue of $3.45 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.67 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.96 earnings per share. Sonic Automotive's revenue for the quarter was up 12.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Sonic Automotive will post 9.33 EPS for the current year.

Sonic Automotive Company Profile

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Sonic Automotive, Inc operates as a automotive retailer. Its services include sales of both new and used cars and light trucks, sales of replacement parts and performance of vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint and repair services and arrangement of extended service contracts, financing, insurance, vehicle protection products and other aftermarket products for automotive customers.

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Leo Michael cartoon: They don't sell themselves? - Automotive News

Supply constraints that have suppressed vehicle inventories for two years appear to be easing, meaning dealerships soon may have more vehicles on the ground. More choices will mean heightened competition, so some dealerships introducing newer employees to the fundamentals of selling.

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