Bosch and Daimler have chosen California as the pilot location for the first test fleet of its fully-autonomous and driverless vehicles.
In the second half of 2019, Bosch and Daimler will offer customers a shuttle service with autonomous 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 carsharing (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.
For the joint development of a driving system for fully-automated and driverless vehicles, Bosch and Daimler rely on their automotive expertise accumulated over many decades to bring mature and safe innovations to market.
“The decisive factor is to introduce a safe, dependable, and mature system,” Michael Hafner, head of Automated Driving at Daimler AG, said in a statement. “Safety has the highest priority, and is the constant theme of all aspects and development stages on our way to the start of series production. If in doubt, thoroughness comes before speed.”