Home of innovation, the autobahn’s most radical act may be to slow down

The future will be less car-oriented. But in Germany, the autobahn travels no less than 13,000 kilometers. As well as being one of the longest and densest road systems in the world, it’s also a love letter to pushing cars to their limits with stretches with virtually no speed limits for certain vehicle classes.

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

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

In December 2021, the German Federal Motor Transport Agency (KBA) granted Mercedes-Benz system approval for level 3 autonomous driving below UN-R157 on the highway.