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Daimler, Bosch Team Up to Launch Robo-Cabs by 2021

Level 5 system will target ride-sharing services.

by on Apr.04, 2017

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept is one example of what a luxury robo-cab might look like.

Daimler AG, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, says it is teaming up with mega-supplier Bosch to develop a driverless car the partners plan to put on the road by 2021.

The announcement follow new that Daimler had struck a deal with Uber, the ride-sharing giant that hopes to significantly lower its operating costs by fielding fleets of driverless vehicles. It also comes a day after a new study was released by Navigant Research naming Daimler one of the leaders in the fast-emerging field of autonomous driving.

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“The prime objective of the project is to achieve the production-ready development of a driving system which will allow cars to drive fully autonomously in the city,” said a statement announcing the new Daimler-Bosch partnership. “The idea behind it is that the vehicle will come to the driver, not the other way around.”


Record Sales for Mercedes Mean Big Profits for Daimler

But outlook is cautious for 2017.

by on Feb.02, 2017

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche with a concept version of the Generation-EQ battery-car.

With Mercedes-Benz capturing the crown as the world’s best-selling luxury car brand last year, parent Daimler AG now has another reason to celebrate.

The German company saw its fourth-quarter net earnings surge by 18%, to 2.2 billion euros, or $2.4 billion, up from 1.9 billion euros the year before. For the full year, Daimler reported a profit of 8.7 billion euros, or $9.4 billion, a slight year-over-year improvement.

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The upturn demonstrated that Daimler is on track as it broadens its scope with new technologies and new lines of business, declared CEO Dieter Zetsche. “Those who wish to shape the future of the automobile at the forefront of the automotive industry need both financial strength and innovative skill,” Zetsche said in a statement. “In 2016, we demonstrated that the combination of these two factors at Daimler is stronger now than ever before.”


Daimler Drives Deeper into Car-, Ride-Sharing

German maker’s Mercedes brand ties up with Uber, Car2Go.

by on Jan.31, 2017

A subscriber orders a car through the Uber app.

Use the ride-sharing app on your smartphone and you’re likely to have a driver pull up in some basic econobox. Sign up for one of the car-sharing services and you’ll usually find a similarly no-frills model waiting as you rent by the hour.

But Mercedes-Benz wants to take things a bit upscale as it announces new deals with Uber, the largest American ride-sharing service, and short-term rental company Car2Go.

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Automakers from around the world have been rushing to find new ways to expand into new mobility services ventures. General Motors, for one, went so far as to invest $500 million into Uber’s prime competitor, Lyft, last year. But the new Mercedes-Benz deals could give reason for upscale motorists to try out ride and car-sharing alternatives.


Next Mercedes-Benz E-Class Will Steer Closer to Full Autonomy

Midsize sedan set to debut in Detroit next January.

by on Jun.19, 2015

The replacement for the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class (shown here) will debut in January.

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class line, set to debut in Detroit next January, will take “another big step” closer to full autonomous driving, a senior company source tells

Among other things, the midsize model will be able to drive down a freeway hands-free, while also handling low-speed, stop-and-go traffic all but fully autonomously.

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“It’s definitely going a step ahead” of what is currently offered by any vehicle on the road, said the Mercedes executive, who asked not to be identified by name. Several other Mercedes insiders confirmed the plans for the new E-Class line, which will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, with sales set to begin a few months later.


Pace Picks up as More Makers Plan Autonomous Vehicles

Growing number of vehicles introduce semi-autonomous technologies.

by on Sep.19, 2013

A prototype Nissan Leaf autonomous vehicle negotiates a simulated urban intersection, complete with cross traffic.

The auto industry’s interest in autonomous vehicles has moved into high gear and an expert, who has studied both the technology required for self-driving cars and the challenges they face, is now predicting the first models will reach the road by the end of the decade.

Mark Campbell, a Cornell University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who leads a research group that studies and builds autonomous systems, including vehicles, is predicting autonomous cars will reach the market sooner rather than later.

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“I have to admit that I did not think mass production was doable by 2020, but I am beginning to change my mind. The power of Google in this arena has been tremendous, as Google takes an approach that is more research-driven, cutting edge and riskier than the car companies,” Campbell said.