Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to test self-driving cars in California

Mercedes-Benz and German supplier Bosch have announced they will begin a self-driving car pilot service next year in California.

Mercedes parent Daimler said last week that the public self-driving car test service will roll out in San Jose, California, in the second quarter of 2019. Daimer and Bosch have worked together quietly on the technology that will be deployed in Mercedes-Benz test vehicles. Its announcement puts them within striking distance of General Motors and its Cruise Automation subsidiary. GM also plans to start a self-driving ride-sharing service by the end of 2019.