German automakers are kicking off the local autonomous “war” image

Not long ago we found out from BMW they were looking to start trials of autonomous vehicles on roads near Munich, and now Mercedes-Benz has allegedly been approved for the exact same thing.

In America the autonomous movement has already caught wind, with numerous states allowing carmakers to test their self-driving models on public streets – and most recently Michigan has become the most permissive state in that respect (possibly the most permissive in the world as well), allowing fully autonomous trials with no one present inside or with the automobile lacking the traditional steering or pedals. In Europe things are moving along as well – with England most notably apparently looking to hog the spotlight in that department. But we’re not forgetting the German auto industry, as traditional rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz are apparently shaping a race in this department as well.

BMW’s new campus in Unterschleissheim, Germany, near Munich is dedicated towards the development and testing of autonomous driving, with road-test vehicles now in the area. Now the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles have been reportedly allowed to perform trials on public roads. They use the new Daimler Autonomous Vehicle Operating System (or DAVOS) – an integral solution in the company’s new CASE strategy, which stands for Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service, and Electric Drive.