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Bosch And Daimler To Test Automated On-Demand Ride-Hailing Service In San José

The on-demand ride-hailing service app will offer an automated driving experience to a selected user community. 

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Located on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, and with more than 1 million inhabitants, San José is the third biggest city in California. It is planned to be the pilot city for trials of a highly and fully automated driving (SAE Level 4/5) on-demand ride-hailing service recently announced by Bosch and Daimler. The pilot program is targeted to begin during the second half of 2019.

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Bosch, Daimler and the city of San José have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue and finalize this activity. Using automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles, Bosch and Daimler propose to offer the service to a selected user community in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José. With its population expected to grow 40 percent in the next two decades, the metropolitan area faces growing transportation challenges. In addition, the city of San José wants to prepare itself for a future in which autonomous cars hit the streets.

“The pilot project is an opportunity to explore how autonomous vehicles can help us better meet future transportation needs,” says Sam Liccardo, mayor of San José.

According to Dr. Michael Hafner, vice president Drive Technologies and Automated Driving at Daimler AG, the pilot will generate valuable insights to connect fully automated vehicles in the best way with users of future mobility services.

“We have to rethink urban transportation. Automated driving will help us complete the picture of future urban traffic,” added Dr. Stephan Hönle, senior vice president of the Automated Driving business unit at Robert Bosch GmbH.

The on-demand ride-hailing service app operated by Daimler Mobility Services will demonstrate how mobility services such as car sharing (car2go), ride-hailing (mytaxi) and multi-modal platforms (moovel) can be intelligently connected. The test operation will provide information about how highly and fully automated vehicles can be integrated into a multi-modal transportation network. The intent is to provide a seamless digital experience, in which a selected user community will have the opportunity to hail a self-driving car, monitored by a safety driver, from a designated pick-up location and drive automatically to their destination.

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Automated Vehicles Make Urban Mobility More Attractive

With their joint development work on highly and fully automated driving (SAE level 4/5) in urban environments, Bosch and Daimler say they aim to improve the flow of traffic in cities, enhance road safety and provide an important building block for the way traffic will work in the future. Among other things, the technology will boost the attraction of car sharing. Without compromising driving safety, it will allow people to make the best possible use of the time they spend in their vehicles, and open up new mobility opportunities for people without a driver’s license.

Bosch And Daimler Associates Share The Same Office Space

Bosch and Daimler associates involved in the development project work together in teams in two regions: in the greater Stuttgart area in Germany and, in the United States, around Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley between San José and San Francisco. The two companies says sharing the same office space ensures rapid communication across working disciplines and shortened decision-making paths. At the same time, they can draw on the combined know-how of their colleagues in the parent companies.

The two companies’ associates are jointly developing the concepts and algorithms for the highly and fully automated drive system. Daimler’s task is to bring the drive system into the car. The company is providing the necessary development vehicles, test facilities and vehicles for the test fleet. Bosch is responsible for the components specified during the development work, such as sensors, actuators and control units. For test purposes, Bosch and Daimler use their laboratories and test rigs, plus their respective test sites in Germany.

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Since obtaining its Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles in 2014, Mercedes-Benz has been testing automated vehicles in the Sunnyvale/California region. And since 2016, it has had similar approval for the greater Stuttgart area in Germany. In early 2013, Bosch was the world’s first automotive supplier to test automated driving (SAE level 3) on public roads in Germany and the United States.

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