Daimler's EQ concept car with a parking assistance feature during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
(Reuters) - A U.K.-based consortium of businesses, including carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler AG and utility firm National Grid Plc, will launch a fully autonomous vehicle for home mobility in London this summer, it said on Monday.
Launched by the U.K. government in 2017 to promote the development of self-driving technology, the autonomous vehicle is intended to help visitors and residents to areas most affected by the impact of climate change.
Homeowners can have the vehicle delivered for free or buy a highly automated version for use on their driveway, the consortium said. The vehicle will be required to be required to comply with household standards and driving conditions.
The vehicle, which has been tested for over a year in Germany, features autonomous vehicles in which the car has a full-time driver on board and is controlled using wireless technology.
It was shown off at a London technology event in March last year where it was equipped with full autonomy technology to drive on the city’s pavements autonomously.
The vehicle can also undertake highway driving and offers users parking assistance, as well as remote monitoring of the car’s health and telematics services.
It has all the convenience of the users own vehicle including the ability to phone a friend for help, locate parking spaces and use Amazon.com Inc’s Alexa voice assistant.
Last year, Daimler unit Mercedes-Benz Cars sold 628,124 vehicles worldwide, a gain of 1.2 percent, with sales growth driven by growth in SUV segments.