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SAE defines levels of autonomous driving, starting at level 1 leading up to level 5. At a first sight, it seems like these levels would logically build upon the other, as if this would be the order in which these levels will be introduced in the future. However, the question if this really will be the case is justified, as the different levels neither necessarily describe a step-by-step order nor present a single option of classifying. Truck platooning for example, a frequently discussed concept in the commercial vehicles industry in these days, is hard to be classified within one of the levels in its first stages. When distance control is automated, but the driver still controls lateral control of driving, this cannot be clearly assigned to one of the levels between 1 and 5. In this case, the OEM would be responsible for the longitudinal control while the driver has the lateral control. ...
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