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Mercedes Beats Tesla to Hands-Free Driving on the Autobahn

  • German manufacturer gets approval for Level 3 autonomy tech
  • Car allowed to drive autonomously in slow-moving traffic only
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Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz won regulatory approval to deploy a hands-free driving system in Germany ahead of Tesla Inc., gaining an edge in the race to offer higher levels of automation in one of the world’s most competitive car markets.

The automaker got the green light to sell its Drive Pilot package for use on stretches of the country’s Autobahn network at a speed of up to 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour, Mercedes said Thursday.