Mercedes parent company will start testing an Uber-like service using self-driving cars in California next year (NVDA)


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Daimler will launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in California during the second half of 2019, the company announced on Wednesday.
The service will operate in Silicon Valley on pre-selected routes, but Daimler did not disclose which city it will use.
The ride-hailing service will be free for users during its pilot phase, a Daimler representative confirmed.
The representative also said the company will use Mercedes-Benz vehicles with human backup drivers for the pilot.

Daimler will launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in California during the second half of 2019, the company announced on Wednesday.

The automaker, which is the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, will team with the auto manufacturer Bosch for the project and use self-driving technology from Nvidia. The service will operate in Silicon Valley on pre-selected routes, but Daimler did not disclose which city it will use.

The ride-hailing service will be free for users during its pilot phase, a Daimler representative confirmed. The representative also said the company will use Mercedes-Benz vehicles with human backup drivers for the pilot.

Daimler will also test a fleet of autonomous vehicles outside of the ride-hailing service.

Daimler and Bosch announced a partnership to work on self-driving vehicles in April 2017. Daimler provides test vehicles and facilities, which Bosch makes self-driving hardware. The companies plan to have self-driving technology ready for mass production by 2020. Nvidia will provide an artificial intelligence platform and software for the vehicles.

Michael Hafner, Daimler’s head of automated driving, said safety is a priority for its autonomous driving program.

“Safety has the highest priority, and is the constant theme of all aspects and development stages on our way to the start of series production. If in doubt, thoroughness comes before speed,” he said in a press release.

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