13 Nov 2018

San Jose approves autonomous vehicle trials

Ride sharing service hits San Francisco Bay
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San Jose will be home to an on-demand ride-sharing test area by next year.

The autonomous service will hit the streets of San Jose in Silicon Valley in the second half of 2019.

Home to over one million inhabitants, San Jose is the third biggest city in California and will conduct the new ride-sharing services along the southern shore of San Francisco Bay.

The service will be available via an app operated by Daimler Mobility Services (Mercedes-Benz) to demonstrate how car sharing, ride hailing and multi-modal platforms can be intelligently connected.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles will be used for the testing in partnership with Bosch and are expected to offer the service to a selected user community in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San Jose.

San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, says the pilot program will generate valuable insights to connect fully automated vehicles in the best way with users of future mobility services.

“The pilot project is an opportunity to explore how autonomous vehicles can help us better meet future transportation needs,” he says.

 

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