German companies Bosch and Daimler plan to test driverless shuttle cars and taxis in Silicon Valley in the United States.
The pilot project is expected to start in the second half of 2019 and aims to show that a fleet of self-driving cars can be integrated smoothly into the traffic system of a city, both companies said on Wednesday.
The test is expected to take place in a city in the high-tech heartland of California, although the companies did not name an exact location.
The project is not aimed at testing how an individual car fits into normal traffic flow, which is already the subject of many tests, but rather how on certain routes a shuttle and taxi service can operate safely without drivers.
Passengers should be able to call the shuttle service, which makes its way to them and brings them in a fully automated manner to their destination.
The two companies agreed to cooperate last year: electronics firm Bosch is developing components like sensors and steering devices, while carmaker Daimler is providing the vehicles and integrating the technology into them.
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