The home of innovation, the autobahn’s most radical act might be to slow down


The future is becoming less car-centric. But in Germany, the autobahn runs a whopping 13,000 kilometers. It’s not only one of the longest and most dense road systems globally but a love letter to taking cars to the limit featuring stretches with effectively no speed limit for certain classes of vehicles. 

But it also provides a critical test bed for the future of mobility, featuring a plethora of rapidly evolving technology in the wild. Let’s take a look. 

Driving with your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road 

In December 2021, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) granted Mercedes-Benz system approval for Level 3 autonomous driving under UN-R157 on the autobahn.

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