Car manufacturer Daimler AG and technology and services supplier Robert Bosch GmbH said they teamed up to roll out fully automated and driverless vehicles by the start of the next decade.
The German companies set their eyes on making driving systems for high (Level 4) and full automation (L5), as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). High automation implies that the system can take control of driving in certain weather conditions, along designated routes, while full automation actually means self-driving as the system can completely replace the human in all circumstances.
Daimler and Bosch added they want to catch the new wave of sharing economy platforms by developing automated taxis that customers will be able to rent through a smartphone app.
“The idea behind it is that the vehicle should come to the driver rather than the other way round. Within a specified area of town, customers will be able to order an automated shared car via their smartphone. The vehicle will then make its way autonomously to the user and the onward journey can commence,” the carmaker stated in the press release.
The project engineers are aiming to help people make a better use of their time in this busy day and age, as well as to ease traffic congestion and improve road safety, according to the outline of the scheme.