BMW and Daimler are stepping up their already announced autonomous vehicle partnership as the two companies intend to introduce their next-generation self-driving technology for passenger cars by 2024.
The two automakers announced in February a partnership for developing next-generation autonomous vehicles, along with a memorandum of understanding. Today, they announced a contract for "long-term" collaboration in such automated development.
The official publication by BMW and Daimler said that the two companies:
"will focus on the co-development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and automated parking (all up to SAE Level 4) ). In addition, further discussions are planned to extend the cooperation to a higher degree of automation in urban areas and inner cities. This underlines the long-term and enduring nature of the company, which will include a scalable platform for automated driving. The non-exclusive cooperation is also open to other OEMs and technology partners. The results will be made available to other OEMs under license. "
BMW and Daimler are aiming for a" rapid market introduction "of next-generation technology that" is expected from 2024 in private car systems for use ". is expected to be independently implemented in BMW and Daimler vehicles
Before BMW and Daimler announced their automated partnership earlier this year, they also announced a $ 1 billion electromobility partnership. These efforts focus on ridesharing, charging and more.
While some may be surprised that the rivals of many years collaborate on so many things, this is certainly not uncommon in autonomous development. More and more car manufacturers are on the rise in terms of self-drivers. At least several automakers are joining forces with the same autonomous companies.
Daimler is already working with Bosch, and BMW has partnerships with Intel / Mobileye and Delphi, and with Nauto, which has received investment from GM and Toyota
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