Mercedes-Benz and mega-automotive supplier Bosch have indicated plans to test self-driving robo-taxis this year.

According to Bosch chief executive Volkmar Denner, as told to German weekly publication Automobilwoche, both brands will introduce robo-taxi testing on actual streets, which will incorporate Level 3, 4, and 5-autonomous vehicles, without providing any detail on timeline, method, and location.

“Apart from highly autonomous level 3 vehicles we will also bring fully autonomous vehicles – level 4/5 – to the streets in the foreseeable future,” said Wilko Stark, vice president of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz Cars strategy. “The big difference to other competitors is that we are conceptualizing our vehicle as a robo-taxi right from the beginning and not as a technology-kit mounted on a serial vehicle. We will not have a makeshift solution.”

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Daimler’s latest announcement only intensifies the arms race between technology-supplier partnerships and standalone technology companies to introduce self-driving solutions on roads.

In late Jan., Google’s Waymo announced its 25th self-driving test location, Atlanta, where it plans to operate its fleet Chrysler Pacificas after more than 4-million logged miles of self-driving. Recently, Apple also increased the number vehicles in its self-driving Lexus RX450h SUV fleet to 27, some of which have already started trekking around San Francisco, Calif. neighborhoods.

Other brands making commitments include ride-hailing giant Uber and Didi.

Automobilwoche