Mercedes-Benz Self-Driving Cars To Hit The Road In San Jose

Cameras and gps navigation system gear are placed on a self driving Mercedes car on display at an event to present a project on autonomous driving at former Tempelhof airport on July 10, 2018 in Berlin.
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Self-driving cars are making their way to San Jose.  

Mercedes-Benz has announced it will soon begin testing about 30 autonomous vehicles in the Garden City.

New insights into #AutomatedDriving: in a joint project with @BoschGlobal, #MercedesBenz has equipped S-Class autonomous shuttles in San José with a new driving system to enhance safety, reduce the environmental impact & improve traffic flow.

— Mercedes-Benz Press (@MB_Press) December 9, 2019

The German luxury automaker plans to operate a fleet of fully autonomous S-class vehicles for ride-hailing.  

Jody Kelman, director of Lyft's self-driving taxi program told CBS News that allowing a car to drive is becoming less scary for commuters.

"40,000 people have already done it," Kelman said. "This is becoming incredibly normal for people."

Mercedes' will have human safety drivers in the cars, which will operate between downtown and West San Jose. The goal of the project is to help the company's efforts to develop autonomous technology. 

Don't expect to order up a self-driving Mercedes anytime soon, however, as the company says the program will only be open to a select group of users.