Daimler, Bosch Will Test Robotic Shuttle Service in California

Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH plan to begin testing a self-driving shuttle service in Silicon Valley in the second half of 2019.

They envision a fleet of autonomous shuttles from which users can summon a ride along preselected routes. Pilot tests will include a backup driver on board.

The companies also announced they have tapped graphic processor supplier Nvidia Corp. to provide the system’s artificial intelligence platform.

Initial testing will be conducted at an unspecified city in Silicon Valley, home of Waymo and several other developers of driverless vehicle technologies. Waymo already is testing an automated ride-hailing service in Phoenix, Ariz., that employs driverless vans on public roads.

Daimler and Bosch say they will evaluate car-sharing, ride-hailing and services that link existing public transportation systems. The partners announced in April that they were collaborating to develop a production-ready autonomous driving system.