Mercedes-Benz, Bosch test automated ride-hailing service in San Jose

BERLIN (Xinhua) – Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have started a joint pilot project for an app-based automated ride-hailing service in the United States (US) city of San Jose, California, the German companies jointly announced on Monday in Stuttgart.

The automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles would drive along the main traffic routes in San Jose and would be monitored by a safety driver, according to automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and Bosch, Germany’s largest automotive supplier.

Initially, the automated shuttle service would only be available to a selected group of users who could book the vehicles via the app and then board at defined pick-up locations to be driven to their destination.

“It is not just the automated vehicles that have to prove their mettle. We also need proof that they can fit in as a piece of the urban mobility puzzle. We can test both these things in San Jose,” said Head of Autonomous Driving at Mercedes-Benz Uwe Keller.

In mid-2017, San Jose was the first city in the US to invite private companies to test automated driving in practice, according to Mercedes-Benz and Bosch.