Some EQS sedans with turquoise indicators will be tested in Nevada and California.
Mercedes-Benz is pursuing R&D on autonomous driving.
Let’s face it, the autonomous car – the one that requires no intervention by a human being – is not where it should of been in 2023. But, despite the pitfalls, research and development on the many pilot projects continues.
At Mercedes-Benz, the first Level 3 autonomous driving system, known internally as DRIVE PILOT, has already been in service in Germany since last year on some of the brand’s models. Closer to home, the Silver Star brand received approval to test the technology earlier this year for the states of California and Nevada, but that’s not all, as the automaker has just confirmed that it will also be testing a new turquoise color for the position lights on board these test vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz has received approval from both states for this new exterior color, which will be installed in the headlights, side mirrors and taillights. It could be used soon to indicate to other motorists that the car in question is in autonomous mode.
In California, the use permit for these special lights is limited to two years, while in Nevada, the use permit applies only to production vehicles of model year 2026 and will remain valid until a change in the regulations.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the choice of color respects two essential criteria: its visibility enables rapid detection by other road users, and the differentiation of this color does not conflict with road lights or those of emergency vehicles, for example.
For the moment, there are no worldwide regulations on the use of turquoise as a symbol of autonomous driving, but with these first permits granted to the brand in the two southern US states, there is reason to believe that standardization could eventually be approved in other markets.