BMW and Daimler put joint auto-driving R&D on hold: Page 2 of 2

June 19, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMW, Daimler put joint auto-driving development on hold
It is less than a year old, the development cooperation of the car manufacturers BMW and Daimler in the field of automated driving. Now the two partners already pulled the plug.

However, according to a BMW spokesperson, the cooperation, which is now based on Hold, did not relate to these platforms anyway. "This technology is aimed at the first generation of automated vehicles," said the spokesman. "Our cooperation was further directed towards the future; the known platforms are not affected by this at all".

The frictional losses were instead caused by the merging of the two technology paths into one common denominator, spokesmen of Daimler and BMW explained in unison. "We have found that harmonizing two development departments costs speed," a Daimler spokeswoman said.

Now each of the two premium OEMs will first of all pursue its own development path again, the two companies said. The cooperation in other areas is continuing, for example with the digital high-resolution map provider Here, which Daimler and BMW acquired together with Audi five years ago and which is to produce the infrastructure and map data for autonomous driving.

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