Daimler and Bosch are to launch a fully autonomous and driverless (SAE level 4/5) pilot shuttles service in California in the second half of 2019. The robo-taxis service will be launched on selected routes in the city.
Both companies partnered in April 2017 to develop self-driving cars. They also work together in the greater Stuttgart area in Germany and Sunnyvale California. Both teams share the same office space and have access to the entire know-how of the technology developed by both parent companies. Daimler is working mainly on developing the vehicle drive system and testing fleet service while Bosch is looking after the components side which includes sensors, actuators, and control units.
The pilot project will be using Nvidia’s Drive Pegasus as their artificial intelligence (AI) computing platform. It will supply a powerful processor and graphics chip to manage the electronic control units (ECUs) system. Daimler and Bosch also jointly developed a system to keep the ECUs cool as it process 100 gigabytes of data per kilometre during travelling.
Commodity Inside understands that Daimler and Bosch are not the only ones in the race, others automakers, technology and ride-hailing companies are pouring resources into developing the driverless technology. For instance, Google subsidiary Waymo’s has been driving more than 600 Fiat Chrysler Pacifica minivans in 25 cities across the US. Similarly, General Motors plans to launch a driverless ridesharing care service next year.
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