Daimler tests robo taxis - on a platform from Bosch and Nvidia: Page 2 of 2

July 11, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Daimler tests robo taxis - on a platform from Bosch and Nvidia
Cars without drivers are nothing completely new in Silicon Valley. Now Daimler is competing with them with an electric vehicle. The luxury car manufacturer will use aa Artificial Intelligence platform developed by Bosch and Nvidia, running Daimler's own algorithms.

The ECU network fuses the data from all environmental sensors, evaluates them within fractions of a second and plans the vehicle's trajectory based on these data. This is done in real time with reaction times between 20 and 500 milliseconds. In order to achieve maximum functional safety, the necessary computing operations are carried out in parallel in different circuits. In the event of a fault, these parallel calculation results can be used without delay.

Due to the high computing capacity, these platforms require complex cooling. Towards this end, Bosch and Daimler have developed a sophisticated concept: Mercedes-Benz is planning battery-powered vehicles for the driving system to be jointly developed for fully automated and driverless driving in the city. The AI platform  will therefore be integrated into the advanced cooling management system in the vehicle.

The tests are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2019. As a test region, the partners vaguely specified "a city in Silicon Valley". According to Bosch, it has not yet been determined which city this will be. It is said that negotiations are still taking place. Both Bosch and Daimler conduct extensive development activities in Silicon Valley, each with its own company premises and shared development laboratories in Sunnyvale.

Daimler Mobility Services will operate the test fleet and the app-based mobility service. The pilot project aims to show how mobility services such as car sharing (car2go), ride hailing (mytaxi) and multimodal platforms (moovel) can be intelligently combined to shape the future of mobility.

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