Bosch tests L4 driverless cars on German roads

Bosch tests L4 driverless cars on German roads

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By Nick Flaherty

Bosch has received a permit from the German Federal Transport Authority to test Level 4 driverless cars on public roads in all weathers.

Level 4 as specified by SAE J3016 covers cars without steering wheels and pedals, but not operating in every possible circumstance.

“As research and development for SAE Levels 3 and 4 advances and the mobility sector moves closer to making driverless vehicles reality, the German government has further tightened the rules for test vehicles – especially with regard to safety and data protection,” said Mathias Pillin, chief technology officer of Bosch Mobility.

“With a solid development roadmap as well as onsite inspections and a test drive in Stuttgart for the German Federal Transport Authority, the team at Cross-Domain Computing Solutions recently secured a permit to run L3 and L4 test vehicles on public roads,” he said.

“This makes Bosch one of the first companies in Germany to receive approval for testing L3 and L4 technologies under the new law. We were also given permission to expand the scope of testing. This includes, for instance, tests in adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or snowfall.”

This follows the acquisition by Bosch of autonomous driving software startup Five in April 2022.

BMW and Mercedes as also testing driverless car systems in Germany but in more limited circumstances such as parking garages and limited stretches of autobahn.

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