Mercedes-Benz and Bosch will launch an autonomous car service in San JoseNovember 11, 2018
Daimler, which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, and a supplier of technologies and components for the automotive industry, Bosch, plans to launch a pilot project in San Jose (California) in the second half of 2019 to use self-driving cars to provide passenger transportation services.
The pilot project of Daimler and Bosch will be carried out at about the same time as the similar General Motors project, although it lags slightly behind Waymo, which was previously part of Google. It is expected that General Motors will launch a similar pilot in the second half of 2019, while Waymo is ready to do so soon.
The remaining major automakers and technology companies are also planning to open a taxi or rental services using self-driving cars, but in a more distant future.
As part of a pilot project, Daimler and Bosch will provide services for the transportation of passengers by self-driving cars based on premium-class Mercedes-Benz S-Class models on the route between the center of San Jose and its western part.
Companies reported signing a memorandum of understanding with the city of San Jose to continue and finalize the project.
Daimler and Bosch had previously reported about the plan to launch a service for transporting people by self-driving cars in Silicon Valley, but they didn’t disclose until the very last moment exactly where this would happen.