Bosch and the car manufacturer behind Mercedes, Daimler, have announced they are joining forces “to advance the development of fully automated and driverless driving”.
The two companies are to enter into a development agreement that they say will bring fully automated driving to urban roads by “the beginning of the next decade”.
To do this the two companies will develop software and algorithms that lead to an autonomous driving system.
“The project combines the total vehicle expertise of the world’s leading premium manufacturer with the system and hardware expertise of the world’s biggest suppliers,” said the two companies in a press release.
In addition to furthering the tech that enables driverless cars, Bosch and Daimler aim to improve the flow of traffic in cities, enhance safety on the road and provide an important building block for the way traffic will work in the future.
The companies have laid out their vision where cars drive autonomously around a city, and arrive at passengers when they are needed, like an autonomous taxi or valet service.
“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,” said Bosch and Daimler. “The vehicle will then make its way autonomously to the user and the onward journey can commence.”
Bosch and Daimler’s arrangement isn’t the first time an automotive company has sought to cooperate with a tech company. Previously, Toyota has teamed up with Microsoft, while Chrysler and Google have also previously announced plans to work together.
On its partnership with Microsoft, Toyota’s executive general manager of its Advanced R&D and Engineering Company, Tokuhisa Nomura said: “This is an exciting time in the industry, and we believe that to create the best, most immersive connected car experiences, automotive makers should partner with technology leaders like Microsoft.”