Daimler pushes for self-driving Bay Area shuttles

Daimler AG plans to offer autonomous shuttles on public roads in the Bay Area next year, adding momentum to the global race for self-driving vehicles with technology giants like Waymo and BMW AG.

The service will start with a test fleet in the second half of 2019, with users hailing vehicles via an app that will prompt the cars to come to them within a defined area, the German manufacturer and Robert Bosch GmbH said Wednesday. The offering, if successful, will join Daimler’s suite of mobility services that includes car sharing, the Mytaxi ride-hailing service and Moovel, an app that helps users decide how to get to their destination quickest.