Daimler, Bosch to Test Autonomous Taxis in California

Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH have signed a memorandum of understanding with local officials to begin testing SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles in ride-hailing fleets next year in San Jose, Calif.

Due to start in the second half of 2019, the pilot program will use Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans outfitted with Bosch’s actuators, controllers and sensors. The vehicles will be available to a select user group through Daimler’s car-sharing (car2go), ride-hailing (mytaxi) and multi-modal platforms (moovel).

The tests will include an onboard safety driver/monitor. Initially, the tests will be limited to a designated pick up location and destinations within a geo-fenced corridor of San Jose.

Bosch and Daimler, which announced the partnership in July, are jointly developing the necessary algorithms and other technologies for the program. Engineers from the two companies are collaborating at facilities in Germany and Silicon Valley. The partners also are testing autonomous parking technologies in China and Germany.