Already in July, Mercedes-Benz's parent companies Daimler and Bosch confirmed that they will launch a pilot program for their robo-taxi service in Silicon Valley next year. Some additional details have been confirmed about the service. The fleet will consist of luxurious, self-propelled Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles. The service will be launched in the second half of 2019 in San Jose, California.
Daimler and Bosch have long been working together on innovative technologies that have brought new safety Features for cars. They worked together on technologies such as adaptive cruise control, stability control and antilock brakes. It was no surprise when the two companies announced in April of last year that they would be working on the development of automated driving systems.
At this robo-taxi service, Daimler takes care of vehicle integration, while Bosch develops the vehicle computing platform that powers the autonomous driving system. The ride app for this service is developed by Daimler Mobility Services. The service will be linked to other mobility services such as Moovel's Car2go car sharing service and Moovel's multi-model platform.
We will see how well the companies are doing when their pilot program starts in San Jose next year. The saloons of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class have 40 sensors that the car can drive on its own.
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