Mercedes Benz and Bosch are joining forces to implement an Uber-like vehicle-sharing project for autonomous vehicles. The project’s autonomous S-Class vehicles, which are still in the pilot phase, will use the driving systems and software of Mercedes-Benz and Bosch.
Under the partnership, Bosch will both develop and manufacture the components of autonomous vehicles to be used for urban transportation. Daimler Mobility AG fleet platform will be included in the project with the vehicle sharing application it produces. Autonomous vehicles can be called through an Uber-like calling app integrated into the platform.
In the meantime, the vehicles will serve as shuttles between West San José and downtown. Thus, the project, which has been under development for some time, was first implemented in San José. We can say that San José, which hosts the pilot project, is getting closer to realizing its vision of a “smart city”.
For now, autonomous vehicles monitored by a security driver also travel through San Carlos Street and Stevens Creek Boulevard during the shuttle. The service, which is currently in the testing phase, will be available to a selected group of people in the future. Users will be able to book vehicles through the app developed by Daimler Mobility AG and specify where the vehicle should buy them.
Mercedes-Benz and Bosch aim to gather information to develop an autonomous driving system called SAE Level 4/5 through the project. The project aims to provide more detailed information on integrating autonomous vehicles into the intermodel transportation system.