As a first step, the development of driver assistance systems and automated driving on motorways and for automated parking functions (up to SAE Level 4 in each case) is to be advanced in the next technology generation. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop this key technology for mobility in the future. The partners speak of a long-term and strategic cooperation and aim to make the next technology stage available on a broad basis before the middle of the next decade.
Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: "For us, autonomous driving is one of the most revolutionary trends on which we are working intensively throughout the Daimler Group. Instead of individual isolated solutions, we are interested in a reliable overall system that offers our customers tangible benefits. Together with the right partners, we want to significantly advance the performance of this technology and put it safely on the road."
"The BMW Group is building on long-term partnerships to advance the industrialization of autonomous driving as part of a flexible, scalable and non-exclusive platform. By bringing together the great competencies of our two companies, we are increasing our innovative strength and accelerating the spread of this technology," says Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.