In a joint press release, BMW and Daimler (Mercedes Benz) announce that they have ended their joint activities to develop an electronic and software platform for autonomous driving before they actually begun. But this is not supposed to be a funeral - they decided by "best mutual agreement" to let the cooperation rest "for now". At a later point in time, the companies emphasised that it would be possible to resume joint developments.
So what is the reason for ending such a young project so quickly? The companies are not giving very specific details, but it seems that there were frictional losses in the consolidation of the technical concepts. As is known, BMW is currently developing a hardware and software platform for automatic vehicle control in partnership with Intel, Mobileye and Fiat Chrysler (FCA). “Our current technology generation has very large and sustainable potential: With an extremely powerful sensor system and computing power, we have a very robust construction kit”, explained BMW top technology manager Klaus Fröhlich. Daimler, on the other hand, is working with Bosch on the same goal and has achieved some notable progress such as automated valet parking.