Mercedes and Bosch have announced a pilot project to test the behavior of autonomous cars in a ride-hailing service. The project will take place in the American city of San Jose, and the fleet will include Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles.
Since 2017, Mercedes and Bosch have been working together to develop technology that allows the movement of fully autonomous and driverless cars. The two companies are looking for a production-ready system that can be incorporated into different types of vehicles.
The Germans have now announced a pilot project in the American city of San Jose, where they want to test the behavior of autonomous cars in a ride-hailing application.
Under the supervision of a safety driver, autonomous cars will circulate between the western area of the city and the center. Initially, the service will be available to a small group of users, and they will use an application developed by Daimler Mobility AG to book a journey with Mercedes S-Class autonomous vehicles, from a specific pick-up point to their destination.
Both Mercedes and Bosch want to get more data on how autonomous cars can be integrated into an intermodal mobility system that includes public transportation and car-sharing services.