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Daimler, Bosch to launch autonomous ride-hailing service in San Jose

by Justin King

Like Waymo, the German duo will initially offer rides to a limited group of pre-selected residents.

Daimler and Bosch have announced plans to launch an autonomous ride-hailing pilot program in Silicon Valley.

The companies previously disclosed their collaborative project to create a Level 4/5 autonomous drive system. For the pilot project, the technology has been installed in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan.

The companies will initially focus on San Jose, the third-biggest city in California with more than a million residents. Following Waymo's lead, however, Daimler and Bosch's service will initially be limited to a smaller group of pre-selected individuals.

Daimler's Mobility Services app will provide access to the automated ride-hailing service alongside existing car-sharing and multi-modal transportation services offered by the company under various sub-brands. The automaker is apparently attempting to seamlessly integrate all of the 'mobility' products under a unified app interface.

"The intent 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 drive automatically to their destination.," Daimler says.

The companies hope to launch the service by the second half of 2019.