Self-driving auto companies have been testing their vehicles for years, but now regular drivers are starting to drive robotic cars.
Instead of just seeing a vehicle loaded with cameras, sensors, and other equipment drive by, some lucky people (and not just the company's employees) can personally experience autonomy.
Waymo remains at the end-of-2018 timeline for a self-driving taxi service in Arizona. GM Cruise says 2019 is the year a car service drives the Franciscans. In Dubai, a self-driving taxi service has already hit the road.
Now Daimler, the company that owns Mercedes-Benz, says in cooperation with the German auto parts company Bosch, a self-driving auto service for "selected" drivers in the San Jose area in the second half of 201
Autonomous Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars will carry passengers between West San Jose and the city center. San Jose is located in the heart of Silicon Valley south of San Francisco.
The Daimler-Bosch service will still have a safety driver on board who oversees the ride that drivers can get from an app. The car then drives to the passenger and brings him to the desired destination.
Details of who can use the service and how much it will cost was not immediately clear, but it is considered a trial program as companies prepare for a wider rollout.
Both Daimler and Bosch have been testing driver's license tests in California and since the opening of the self-drive program in the state. In the latest report on the withdrawal Bosch announced the tests until July 2017. Neither company has reported an accident with an autonomous vehicle. The California DMV says that 113 clash reports have arrived in the department since this week.