Daimler and automotive components manufacturer Bosch have entered into a development agreement to bring fully autonomous and driverless vehicles to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade. The project aims to bring together the vehicular, systems and hardware expertise of both companies for the development of software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system.

The solutions that come out of this should ensure the earliest possible series introduction of the driverless system, Daimler says. Bosch and Daimler aim to improve urban traffic flow with the introduction of fully automated and driverless travel (SAE Level 4 and Level 5 respectively), while providing an crucial component for the way traffic flows in the future.

The prime objective, Daimler says, is to achieve production-ready development of a system which will allow fully autonomous driving in cities. For example, users will eventually be able to use a smartphone to order an automated shared car (as in, an autonomous taxi), which will then pick-up the passenger and proceed with the requested journey.

Mercedes-Benz already has a number of concept examples with levels of autonomy close, if not quite similar to the ones envisaged by this project, such as the F 015 Luxury In Motion and slightly closer to reality, the S 500 Intelligent Drive. Other autonomous or driverless concepts include the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van and the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo MPV.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept