Autonomous Driving

Joint Forces: Mercedes-Benz R&D and Bosch Collaborate in Silicon Valley for the Next Step in Autonomous Driving

April 3, 2017

Bosch and Daimler are bringing autonomous driving technology to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade. The newly-announced collaboration will take place in multiple locations in Germany and Silicon Valley, with employees of Bosch and of Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Research & Development group working side by side.

The ultimate goal? Vehicles that come to drivers, rather than the other way around. By combining the total vehicle expertise of the world’s leading premium automotive manufacturer with the system and hardware expertise of the world’s biggest supplier, the companies aim to develop software and algorithms for a production-ready autonomous driving system.

Imagine using your smartphone to order a driverless, shared car or “robot” taxi. Imagine a quicker commute, safer roads and more accessibility. The promise of autonomous driving lies in these benefits and more.

“A fully automated driving system will improve our lives in so many ways,” said Axel Gern, Head of Autonomous Driving at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. “From improving the flow of traffic in cities, to enhancing safety on the road, to opening up new mobility opportunities for people without the ability to drive, this partnership will provide an important building block for the way traffic will work in the future.”

Primarily, cooperation between the two companies will occur in the greater Stuttgart area in Germany and Sunnyvale, Calif. The team collaborating in Germany will focus on vehicle integration, fleet management, sensors, control unit development and development of the Vehicle Control Center. The Sunnyvale team will focus on algorithm development and machine learning. The technology developed through this agreement will align with standards set by automotive industry standards organization SAE International, specifically Level 4 (fully automated) and Level 5 (driverless).

Employees from both Daimler and Bosch will work alongside employees of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, where research and development is currently focused on sensor fusion (creation of the environment model from various sensor signals), localization and mapping (identifying the location of a vehicle on a map), prediction and behavior planning, and test concepts.

The great minds of these teams, working in concert, will accelerate our journey towards a production-ready autonomous driving system.

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