Advertisement

Daimler joins forces with Bosch to develop self-driving car systems

German multinationals Mercedes and Bosch announce tie-up to develop new self-driving systems and software by the early 2020s

Mercedes Bosch tie-up futurism render

Mercedes’ parent company Daimler has announced a new partnership with fellow German engineering multinational Bosch to develop fully autonomous driving systems, which we’ll see on the roads by “the beginning of the next decade”. The two companies have not put a firm date on when the system will be ready but promise that it’ll be introduced as early as possible, and the early 2020s target is in line with Mercedes’ previous timeline.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Bosch’s experience when it comes to self-driving cars is impressive – it’s a key Tesla supplier and has also supplied Google with radar components for its Waymo project.

• Self-driving cars: everything you need to know about autonomous vehicles

The new joint force has identified three goals it intends to achieve by developing a new autonomous driving software system: improved safety on roads, better traffic flow in cities, and interestingly, it also intends to make the prospect of car-sharing more attractive.

Mercedes’ premium image in the motor industry may seem at odds with car sharing services, but Daimler says it wants to develop a system with Bosch by which passengers can order an automated car via a smartphone, confirming that the venture will form the foundations of a driverless taxi service.

Daimler’s intention to enter the race to create self-driving taxis was revealed in late January, when Mercedes announced plans to team up with ride-hailing firm Uber. Under the terms of that partnership, Mercedes will provide self-driving vehicles to the taxi firm in the near future, which will be bookable through the Uber smartphone app. 

It’s not clear how closely related the deal between Daimler and Bosch is to Mercedes’ deal with Uber, though it was noted at the time that the Merc-Uber tie up was non-exclusive, leaving the door open for other companies - such as Bosch - to come on board. 

What do you think of Mercedes' plans? Have your say in the comments...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit New 2020 Mercedes-AMG One: specs, details and on-sale date
Mercedes

New 2020 Mercedes-AMG One: specs, details and on-sale date

Mercedes-AMG One teased in new video, as F1-engined hypercar takes to the track
21 Apr 2020
Visit New 2022 Mercedes EQE: Tesla Model S rival spied for the first time
Mercedes EQE

New 2022 Mercedes EQE: Tesla Model S rival spied for the first time

Our spy photographers have caught the new all-electric Mercedes EQE testing ahead of its 2022 arrival.
10 Mar 2020
Visit Mercedes CLA and GLA plug-in hybrid models revealed
Mercedes

Mercedes CLA and GLA plug-in hybrid models revealed

Mercedes has launched new PHEV-powered variants of the CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA crossover
3 Mar 2020
Visit New all-electric Mercedes EQS teased ahead of 2021 release
Mercedes EQS - teaser 1
Mercedes EQS

New all-electric Mercedes EQS teased ahead of 2021 release

The Mercedes EQS luxury electric car is based on an all-new EV platform and is due on sale in 2021
29 Jan 2020

Most Popular

Visit New Volkswagen Golf GTI ride review
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI ride review

Hi-tech new controls aim to keep legendary Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch’s driving dynamics at the top of the class
12 May 2020
Visit Over a million unroadworthy vehicles set to return to the roads
Consumer news

Over a million unroadworthy vehicles set to return to the roads

Nearly 1.1 million vehicles given a six-month MoT extension are projected to have dangerous or major defects
22 May 2020
Visit New Hyundai i30 N 2020 review
Hyundai i30 N

New Hyundai i30 N 2020 review

Subtle updates make the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch even better suited to UK roads
22 May 2020