Bosch self-driving car spotted in California

This Bosch-owned BMW was seen driving near the company's Palo Alto research center.

(Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET)

Google’s fleet of autonomous cars, based on the Toyota Prius and Lexus RX, have become almost a common site in the high-tech environs of the San Francisco Bay Area, but CNET reporter Declan McCullagh caught a new entrant on the scene, an apparently Bosch-owned autonomous research car driving the roads around Palo Alto.

The car was a BMW 325d, a European diesel model not currently available in the U.S. As Bosch supplies the diesel components for the 325d engine, it is not surprising the company would use this model.

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