Bosch and Daimler to partner on fully automated, driverless system for cities

Bosch and Daimler today announced that they will collaborate to develop and launch a production-ready system for driverless cars on public city streets.

The development agreement will see the partners seek to introduce fully automated (SAE Level 4) and driverless (SAE Level 5) driving to urban roads “by the beginning of the next decade”, according to a joint statement.



By combining their expertise in vehicle manufacturing and hardware, the two companies intend to develop software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system.

 
Graphic showing the future mobility imagined by Bosch and Daimler, with users ordering shared automated cars or robot taxis via their smartphones (Image courtesy of Bosch and Daimler)

Graphic showing the future mobility imagined by Bosch and Daimler, with users ordering shared automated cars or robot taxis via their smartphones (Image courtesy of Bosch and Daimler)

 

As they introduce fully automated and driverless driving to an urban environment, Bosch and Daimler hope to improve traffic flow in cities, enhance road safety and provide a solid base for the way traffic will work in future.

The partners also expect their technology to boost the attraction of car sharing. The companies foresee users in a specific urban area being able to order an automated vehicle via a smartphone, with the vehicle travelling autonomously to the customer before beginning its onward journey.