FILE PHOTO: Mercedes-Benz logo is seen on the second press day of the Paris auto show in Paris, France, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Mercedes-Benz is not targeting the first manufacturer to develop a self-driving car, but it wants to be among the first two players are able to scale up the technology from Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph Schroeder told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
Automakers and tech companies such as Uber [UBER.UL], Google, General Motors, Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE) are vying for the roll-out of robotaxi services for paying customers, as a way to ride-coming business.
Google Waymo division has recently the most km tests with prototype vehicles, which leads rivals, including Volkswagen, is to recognize that Waymo is the pack in terms of developing a prototype.
Mercedes-Benz, owned by German car and truck maker Daimler is not deterred by Waymo the progress.
“We have to be in the top two competitors who are in a position to scale up the technology and bring it into series production,” Schroeder told the newspaper.
Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Angus MacSwan