Driverless ride-hailing service for San Jóse

Posted on 23 Nov 2018 and read 642 times
Driverless ride-hailing service for San JóseLocated on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, and with more than 1 million inhabitants, San José is the third-largest city in California; it is also planned to be the pilot city for trials (targeted to begin during the second half of 2019) of the automated-driving ride-hailing service announced recently by Bosch and Daimler.

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% in the next two decades, the city faces growing transportation challenges; it also wants to prepare itself for a future in which autonomous cars play a significant role.

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

It will generate valuable insights with regard to connecting fully automated vehicles with users of mobility services.”

Meanwhile, Michael Hafner, vice-president (drive technologies and automated driving) at Daimler AG, said: “We have to rethink urban transportation. Automated driving will help us complete the picture of future urban traffic.”

The test operation will provide information about how highly automated and fully automated vehicles can be integrated into a multi-modal transportation network.

The aim 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 be taken automatically to their destination.

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