Bosch and Daimler are speeding up the development of fully-automated and driverless driving (SAE Level 4/5) in the city, and for that end, both companies have chosen California as the pilot location for the first test fleet.
In the second half of 2019, Bosch and Daimler will offer customers a shuttle service with automated vehicles on selected routes in a Californian metropolis. Daimler Mobility Services is envisaged as the operator of this test fleet and the app-based mobility service.
The pilot project will demonstrate how mobility services such as car sharing (car2go), ride-hailing (mytaxi) and multi-modal platforms (moovel) can be intelligently connected to shape the future of mobility. In addition, the partners have decided on the U.S. technology company Nvidia as the supplier of the artificial intelligence platform as part of their control unit network.
Both partners will offer customers an automated shuttle service on select routes in a city located in the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley. The test operation will provide information about how fully-automated and driverless vehicles can be integrated into a multi-modal transport network. Many cities face numerous challenges that are increasingly burdening the existing transport system. The test is to show how this new technology might be a solution to these challenges.
Within a defined city area, users will conveniently order a car-sharing car or a vehicle that drives by without a driver. The project especially combines the overall vehicle and mobility expertise of Daimler with the systems and hardware expertise of Bosch. The ensuing synergies’ purpose is to introduce the new technology early and fully validated.
Since 2014, Mercedes-Benz has approval to test automated vehicles in the Sunnyvale/California region. The company also has comparable approval for the Sindelfingen/Böblingen region since 2016. Meanwhile, Bosch is the world’s first automotive supplier to test automated driving on public roads in Germany and in the U.S. in early 2013.