BMW, Daimler start R&D collaboration on automated driving

July 05, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMW, Daimler start R&D collaboration on automated driving
Automotive OEMs BMW Group and Daimler AG have now formally started their previously announced cooperation in the development of technologies for automated driving. Representatives of both companies have signed a long-term strategic cooperation agreement in this field.

The BMW Group and Daimler with its Mercedes Brand intend to jointly develop the next generation of technologies for driver assistance systems and automated driving on motorways as well as automated parking functions (up to SAE Level 4 in each case). In addition, the partners intend to fathom out whether it will meke sense to extend the scope of cooperation to higher levels of automation for urban areas and cities in the future. The long-term cooperation is not exclusive and open to further OEM and technology partners. The results of the cooperation will also be offered to other OEMs for licensing.

From 2024 onwards, jointly developed systems will be available in series passenger cars for private customers. Each company will implement the results of the development cooperation individually in its products. More than 1,200 experts will work together within the framework of the cooperation, some of them in mixed teams. The locations include the BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus in Unterschleissheim near Munich, the Mercedes Benz Technology Center (MTC) in Sindelfingen and the Daimler Test and Technology Center in Immendingen. The tasks include designing a scalable architecture for driver assistance systems including sensors, setting up a joint computer center for storing, managing and processing data, and developing functions and software.

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