We’ve known for years that Mercedes has been a specialist at delivering cabs – they even have special lines catering to this particular service – but now we’re finding out something even more interesting.
Together with Bosch, Mercedes-Benz will strive to advance the development of fully automated and driverless – that’s SAE Level 4 and SAE Level 5 – cars, looking to bring them to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade. The idea is not so much geared towards traditional end use of a personal car, but rather around the fact that “the vehicle should come to the driver rather than the other way round.” This means car sharing and taxi services, with the two companies already hard at work on the development of a a series of fully automated (SAE Level 4), and driverless (SAE Level 5) vehicles for public use.
The partnership marries the talents of one of the world’s leading premium manufacturers with the hardware and software expertise of the world’s largest automotive supplier. Their vision is to have a car service that allows customers to order the self-driving taxis via a mobile app on their smartphone, and most importantly the goal is “to achieve the production-ready development of a driving system which will allow cars to drive fully autonomously in the city,” according to a statement.