This month, Delphi Automotive plans to name a U.S. city as well as one in Europe to launch an Uber-style ride-hailing service with self-driving vehicles.
The supplier has previously identified Boston, Pittsburgh, London and Luxembourg as leading candidates, and spokesman Scott Fosgard confirmed last week that Delphi likely will announce its decision in December.
The U.S. and European pilot programs will be similar to a service Delphi plans to launch next year in Singapore, where six self-driving vehicles will shuttle passengers to and from mass transit stations. Delphi has not yet announced which model it plans to use for the Singapore fleet.
For the first two years of operation, Delphi will assign a staff member to each vehicle to monitor its performance in traffic. In 2019, Delphi will remove those monitors, and by 2022 the company hopes to launch the driverless service commercially.
Service in the U.S. and Europe will be similar to the Singapore pilot, according to Glen De Vos, vice president of Delphi's services business unit.
Over the past year or so, Delphi has assembled a stable of partners to design a technology package for driverless vehicles.
Mobileye NV will provide obstacle detection software, and Quanergy Systems Inc. will develop a lidar unit. Intel Corp. will produce the computer chip that decides when to steer, brake or accelerate. Ottomatika Inc., which Delphi acquired last year, will write the software for Intel's chip. The vehicles will have Delphi-produced radar and cameras.