Bosch launches driverless electric shuttles
The first step towards driverless vehicles becoming a reality has been unveiled by Bosch with its self-driving shuttle bus of the future.
The self-driving car is coming. But before it arrives, driverless shuttles could take to Australian roads.
German company Bosch has made a name for itself in recent years for fusing Internet of Technology and appliances to created connected devices for the home.
Bosch has also been on the coalface of developing connected city and transportation technology - including the reveal of the first driverless shuttle.
The concept shuttle vehicle was revealed at the annual Consumer Technology Association CES trade show in Las Vegas earlier this year.
Forget crammed trams, buses and train - these autonomous ridesharing vehicles are aimed at user comfort.
The concept included four, plush cushioned seats each equipped with infotainment tablets all housed in a sleek steel and glass casing.
Soon, Bosch hopes to have working prototypes ready for users to try, board of management member Dr. Markus Heyn said.
"This will pay into our vision of mobility that is as emissions-free, accident-free, and stress-free as possible," he said.
Bosch is taking a total approach to these driverless shuttles, including software and innovation for reservations, sharing and connectivity platforms as well as parking and recharging services.
Dr Heyn said the company had ambitions to roll out their innovations in all vehicles of the future.
“In the future, every vehicle on the road will make use of Bosch digital services. We will consolidate them into a smart, seamlessly connected ecosystem,” he said.
Bosch is currently testing their autonomous ride-sharing technology in San Jose, California in Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles.
It is hoped this will advance to test rides in autonomous shuttles in the near future.