The bustling San Jose – California's third-largest metropolis according to the 2010 census – is close to testing autonomous cars developed by Bosch and Daimler parent company Daimler. Today, together with a letter of intent, they reaffirmed that they will be piloting "high" and "full" autonomous vehicles in the second half of 2019 as part of an on-demand driving service announced in July.
Provided that everything runs smoothly, Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans with Level 4 / Level 5 ride comfort offer automated navigation that requires little or no human intervention, as required by the Society of Automotive Engineers – "Selected Users' Service Communities" in the San Carlos / Stevens Creek Corridor between downtown and the west of San Jose. Intrepid drivers will be able to use Daimler's car sharing service Car2Go ̵
The cars will not be completely autonomous – at least not first. Security drivers will monitor every drive from the driver's seat, said Daimler and Bosch, to take control in an emergency.
"We need to rethink urban traffic," Dr. Stephan Hönle, Vice President of Bosch Automated Driving. "Automated driving will help us complete the picture of future city traffic."
As previously announced, Drive Pegasus from Nvidia will provide the computing power needed to make the Mercedes real-time decision. A powerful processor and graphics chip manage the network of electronic control units (ECUs) – the microcontrollers with sensors that control the transmission, door locks, windows and other systems. And a custom cooling system ensures that the ECUs can travel up to 100 gigabytes of data per kilometer driven.
Nvidia Drive PX Pegasus introduced Nvidia Drive PX at GTC Europe in October 2017 in Munich, Germany. Nvidia's two Xavier chipset chips and dual graphics cards are capable of handling more than 320 trillion operations per second and up to a terabyte of data per second while holding data from up to 16 cameras and six Lidar pick up sensors. Bosch and Daimler expect the performance to be comparable to about six "synchronized, advanced" desktops and said that Pegasus – based on radar, vision and ultrasound sensors – could respond to changing road conditions within 20 milliseconds.
"With this pilot project, we will gain valuable insights to optimally connect fully automated vehicles with users of future mobility services," said Drs. Michael Hafner, Vice President for Powertrain Technologies and Automated Driving at Daimler.
In 2017, Bosch and Daimler signed their partnership with the self-driving driver with the aim of bringing self-driving cars onto the road in the next decade. It's a symbiotic relationship: Bosch supplies components such as sensors, actuators, and ECUs, and Daimler provides development vehicles and test equipment.
Bosch clearly expressed its autonomous driving ambitions this year. She set up a new Connected Mobility Services unit with more than 600 employees, acquired the B2B Carpool Splitting Rate Package, and partnered with TomTom for card systems that will help vehicles see the road into the future.
Daimler received a permit from the Chinese government in June to test self-driving cars powered by the Baidu Apollo platform on public roads in Beijing. (In the US and Germany, there are already approvals for testing self-driving cars.)
Bosch and Daimler are far from the only companies that initiate the development of self-driving cars.
Optimus Ride startup this week announced it was attacking Nvidia's AGX Xavier Drive to expand a Tier 4 vehicle fleet in the Greater Boston area after drive-less auto-operator Drive.ai announced its expansion in Arlington and Frisco, Texas. Baidu introduced self-propelled shuttle buses to more than 10 regions in China this year. Google spinoff company Waymo, which has collected more than 10 million real miles in more than 25 US cities and around 7 billion simulated miles, was the first company to receive a driverless autotest permit from the California Department of Motor last week ( DMV).
The accelerated pace of deployment reflects broader national dynamics for the regulation of driverless cars.
To date, more than 20 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws on self-driving cars, and another 10 governors have issued enforcement orders on this issue. In early October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the third edition of its Voluntary Guidelines for the Development and Use of Driverless Vehicle Technology – Automated Vehicles 3.0 – which propose new safety standards that include "automated vehicle technologies" and "[19459008″] exemptions of certain standards … that are relevant only when human drivers are present. "In addition, President Donald Trump signed a bill of $ 1.3 trillion in March, which provides $ 100 million for projects involving" the Autonomous Vehicle Feasibility and Safety
The market for driverless automobiles is expected to reach $ 54.33 billion in 2019 – a year before it is anticipated that 10 million cars will be on the road – and, according to Allied Market Research, up to 2026 556.67 billion dollars and ride hail n. Autonomous automobile research has so far invested about $ 80 billion.