Mercedes-Benz self-driving taxi pilot coming to Silicon Valley in 2019

Daimler and automotive parts supplier Bosch will pilot a free self-driving ride-share service in the San Francisco Bay area starting in the second half of 2019, the companies announced this week. Using a custom version of NVIDIA’s autonomous vehicle technology, the two companies will offer rides in modified Mercedes-Benz cars along preselected routes. No further details were given about the location or size of the trial, as the companies said contracts are still being worked out.

Daimler is still determining whether it will offer rides in Mercedes S-class cars, V-Class vans, or both. There will be a safety driver present in each vehicle, and Daimler is sticking with a steering wheel and pedals for now (unlike GM’s plans for its…

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