About a year and a half ago, Bosch and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz’s line began development of an urban automated driving, ride-hailing pilot program in San Jose, California. Now, the project has launched with self-driving cars shuttling passengers between the downtown area and west San Jose.
Through an app, passengers will be able to book a journey with an S-Class self-driving vehicle from a defined pick-up point to a destination within the San Carlos Street and Stevens Creek Boulevard thoroughfares.
The goal of the project is to gain information regarding SAE Level 4 and Level 5 automated driving systems. The project will also bring insights into future mobility involving public transportation and car-sharing.
The self-driving, ride-hailing service will include a safety driver to take over in case something happens to the automated system and Daimler Mobility AG will partner with the company to test a fleet platform in the operational phase. This will allow other ride-hailing partners to integrate self-driving vehicles into their service portfolio. The companies have also launched a similar service in Berlin, Germany.