Bosch and Daimler confirm San Jose as pilot city to trial self-driving vehicles

By Sean Galea-Pace
The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology, Practica...

The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology, Practical Motoring reports.

It has been revealed that both companies will provide self-driving on-demand ride-hailing services to a “selected user community in San Jose.”

In a joint statement, the companies said: “Using automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles, Bosch and Daimler propose to offer the service to a selected user community in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José.”

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It is anticipated that the selected user community will have the ability to hail a self-driving car via an app operated by Daimler Mobility Services, which is watched by a safety driver, from a specific pick-up location and sees the passengers driven automatically to their destination.

In a bid to develop autonomous vehicle technology, the two firms have collaborated and developed a close connection with employees from both companies working together.

Bosch is set to be responsible for components such as sensors, actuators and control units with Daimler tasked with bringing the drive system into the car and providing the necessary development vehicles, test facilities and vehicles for the test fleet.

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