Daimler AG and BMW Group to jointly develop next-generation technologies for automated driving
Daimler AG and BMW Group announced they are cooperating on automated driving in addition to their cooperation on mobility services. Initially, the focus will be on advancing the development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways, and parking features (up to SAE Level 4). The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop this technology. Daimler AG and BMW Group aim to make next-level technologies widely available by the middle of the coming decade.
Ola Källenius, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development, said, “Autonomous driving is one of the most revolutionary trends for us at the moment, and the entire Daimler Group is working very hard on it. As always at Daimler, our top priority is safety. Instead of individual, standalone solutions, we want to develop a reliable overall system that offers noticeable added-value for customers. Working with the right partners, we want to make significant advances in enhancing the performance of this technology and bring it safely on the road.”
“As we continue to pursue our strategy, we are combining the expertise of two technology leaders. At the BMW Group, long-term partnerships within a flexible, scalable, non-exclusive platform are fundamental to advancing the industrialization of autonomous driving. Combining the key expertise of our two companies will boost our innovative strength and speed up the spread of this technology,” said Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management of BMW AG, Development.
The companies say that the joint development work will be conducted via a scalable architecture covering several stages of automation, with Levels 3 and 4 enabling automated driving on highways. In addition, the two partners plan to discuss the possibility of extending their collaboration to cover higher levels of automation, both on highways and in urban areas. The cooperation includes the aim to create a scalable platform for automated driving. The development of current-generation technologies and ongoing collaborations of the two companies will remain unaffected and continue as before. Ongoing development of latest-generation technologies and existing collaborations will remain unaffected by the projected cooperation and go ahead as planned. Daimler and BMW will also explore additional partnerships with other technology companies and automotive manufacturers that could contribute to the success of the platform.