Daimler says yet to choose semiconductor partner for autonomous cars

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Women hold translation equipment during a Daimler's event ahead of the Shanghai Autoshow in Shanghai, China April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song (Copyright Reuters 2017)

German automaker Daimler AG has yet to select a semiconductor provider for its autonomous cars' development partnership with supplier Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL], Mercedes-Benz research and development chief Ola Kaellenius said on Wednesday.

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Earlier this month, Daimler and Bosch announced a strategic partnership to develop self-driving cars.

"We have not selected the computing supplier, and there are several capable options in the market," Kaellenius told reporters at a roundtable discussion at the Shanghai Motor Show.

"We are working with several partners in pre-development. What we see being available in the coming years looks very promising," he said.

Semiconductor manufacturers including Intel Corp , Nvidia , and Qualcomm have started expanding their automotive product offerings in recent months as self-driving cars drive an "arms race" among suppliers.

(Reporting by Joseph White; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)