San Jose launching self-driving car program

San Jose residents may soon see driverless cars shuttling passengers between downtown and Santana Row.

The Bay Area’s largest city on Thursday announced it has signed an agreement to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot project with Mercedes-Benz and Bosch.

The project is expected to kick off in the second half of 2019 as an on-demand ride hailing service…

Waymo has been testing vehicles across the region and Auto X launched a grocery delivery service in San Jose with self-driving cars.

But Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are the first companies to partner directly with the city in a move officials say will be mutually beneficial. The companies will be able to tap into the city’s interconnected traffic signal system, which will let them time trips better. And the city will gain access to data about traffic congestion and vehicle speed.