San Jose approves autonomous vehicle trials
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.
Ali is a Motoring Reporter at Drive.com.au. She completed her Journalism degree in 2018 and has a background in the automotive industry. Ali also has a passion for racing that started in go-karts from an young age, progressing into car racing in 2016…