The Race for Autonomous Vehicles Picks Up Speed

Crawling through rush hour traffic is probably the last thing you're looking forward to on a Monday. So how about tapping an app on your smartphone and heading out the door and into a new Mercedes-Benz robo-cab?

That's the vision behind a new joint venture between Mercedes' parent Daimler AG and German auto supplier Bosch. The project, announced earlier this week, is aimed at putting fully driverless cabs on the road by 2021, the partners explaining that, "The idea… is that the vehicle will come to the driver, not the other way around."


Visitors look at a self-driving car by Google displayed at the Viva Technology event in Paris

Visitors look at a self-driving car by Google in Paris, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier