BMW And Daimler Are Teaming Up To Make The Next-gen Driverless Car

Posted: Jul 4 2019, 8:16am CDT | by , in Technology News


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BMW and Daimler are teaming up to make the next-gen driverless car
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The two carmakers will soon have fully autonomous vehicles without the need for drivers.

In what appears to be an unlikely partnership, German automotive rivals BMW and Daimler are joining hands to jointly develop the next era of self-driving cars.

The carmakers have entered into a multi-year strategic cooperation that would see their research and development teams working on driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and even automated parking. These technologies are expected to reach up to SAE Level 4, or the level of semi-autonomous vehicles with full self-driving sans human intervention.

This landmark partnership could result to BMW and Daimler cars in the future fully equipped with self-driving technologies at par with fully electric carmakers like Tesla. The companies are planning to use any of the knowledge acquired through the partnership to integrate self-driving technologies to BMW- and Daimler-branded vehicles.

The cooperation is particularly aimed at marketing autonomous driving technology in passenger car systems for private customers starting 2024.

BMW and Daimler are also inviting original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, to take part in the partnerships, in addition to other technology partners.

The companies said their plan is an extension of their commitment to the white paper entitled Safety First for Automated Driving, which also counts other signatories including rivals Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, as well as parts manufacturers and tech companies such as Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, Continental, HERE, Infineon and Intel.

As part of the BMW-Daimler tie-up, the companies will use the expertise of about 1,200 specialists from both parties, who will be based at locations such as BMW’s Autonomous Driving Campus in Unterschleissheim, near Munich, the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen and the Daimler Testing and Technology Centre in Immendingen, Germany.

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