Mercedes-Benz said it is currently adapting its Automatic Lane Change (ALC) function for introduction in Europe.

This development falls within the SAE-Level 2 range.

The function is already integrated into the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class models, as well as all EQ series vehicles sold in the US and Canada.

European market launch will coincide with the delivery of the first of the new E-Class expected at the end of 2024 in the UK and Germany.

A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz said that the company is “working on making ALC available quickly after that” and the “adaptation to the European market is currently under way”.

ALC is a key component of the Active Distance Assist Distronic with Active Steering Assist system.

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When driving at speeds between 80km/h (50mph) and 140km/h (85mph), the vehicle can automatically initiate a lane change to overtake a slower vehicle if there are detected lane markings and sufficient clearance.

The road must have a speed limit, and the vehicle must be equipped with MBUX Navigation.

No additional input from the driver is required to execute the automatic lane change.

Additionally, the system assists drivers with navigating exits and changing highways through active route guidance.

Due to being a SAE-Level 2 system, the automaker has determined that during the automatic lane change the driver must keep their hands on the steering wheel to maintain responsibility.