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German Giants Cruise Into Robotaxi Era

  • Special-purpose vehicles forecast to more than double by 2025
  • Driverless cars on public roads still face significant hurdles
Truckmakers At IAA Commercial Vehicles Show
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Four years ago, Daimler AG dazzled with a self-driving luxury lounge in Las Vegas with a concept vehicle boasting a sleek interior that promised to pamper its well-heeled passengers into the automotive future.

This year the Mercedes-Benz maker is back at the annual consumer electronics show CES, though with a more utilitarian slant: a bubble-shaped autonomous shuttle designed to reliably ferry people and goods around town at limited speeds.