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A Mercedes-Benz E-Class completes the First ever highly automated drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

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First ever highly automated drive in the Middle East takes place in UAE

A Mercedes-Benz E-Class completes the First ever highly automated drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and Mercedes-Benz - in collaboration with the Road Transport Authority (RTA) – have taken another major leap forward into the future of mobility. The first ever automated drive on the E11 highway from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in an E-Class test vehicle on Friday, November 4th is the first of its kind in the Middle East and positions Mercedes-Benz as an industry leader in driving automation.

“The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology is keen to drive the vision of green development and shape the mobility sector by supporting new technologies and creating national standards that attract investments and enhance trade in the area. Through our collaboration with lead vehicle manufacturers, autonomous vehicles can achieve amazing results including assuring the highest level of road safety, reducing financial loses and preserving the environment,” said Abdulla Al Maeeni, Director General of the Emirates Standardization and Metrology Authority.

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Following all safety rules and regulations, the automated test drive was made possible by applying modifications to the assistance systems called DRIVE PILOT. With its intelligent sensor fusion technology, the system allowed a smooth automated drive by controlling the distance to the vehicle in front, and detecting road markings as well as surrounding vehicles.

“We are proud and delighted that this modified Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the world's first vehicle to drive automated on a major highway in UAE. This test drive constitutes a major step towards our vision of autonomous driving. We have been working tirelessly to achieve this milestone,” said Mark De Haes, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East In highlighting its commitment to the highest standards of safety, the entire process was overseen by expert engineers from Germany who applied specific software modifications to the Drive Pilot control unit to make the E-Class drive highly automated. The application was developed for testing purposes since this is not a standard feature of the E-Class.

The entire automated drive was captured on film and will be featured at the International Conference of Future Mobility taking place on 14th and 15th November. To watch and share this video, please click on the link below:

E-Class automated drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.