The collaboration centres on Qualcomm's Snapdragon Ride platform:. BMW's next-generation automated driving systems will be based on the Snapdragon Ride Vision System-on-Chip (SoC) and Vision Perception and ADAS Central Compute SoC Controller solutions, supported by Qualcomm's Car-2 cloud services platform.
BMW intends to use Qualcomm technologies to offer a complete range of ADAS/AD (Advanced driver assistance and automated driving) functions. This includes image recognition through front, rear and ambient cameras with a dedicated processor (Computer Vision SoC) and a high-performance computing unit for ADAS to implement BMW's policies for driving and other planning and control functions.
The Bavarian carmaker is currently also pursuing extensive cooperation with the Intel / Mobileye team in the area of driver automation. A BMW spokesperson said that this cooperation would not be affected by the Qualcomm collaboration. However, he conceded that there could be overlaps in terms of topics and content in the developments. BMW is also pursuing certain projects with Nvidia, another processor manufacturer heavily involved in the automotive business, the spokesperson explained. However, he did not want to give details.
"BMW Group chose Qualcomm as a technology partner and system solution provider because of its broad and deep portfolio and proven expertise in computing, connectivity, computer vision, advanced semiconductors and driver assistance technologies," said Nicolai Martin, SVP Driving Experience, BMW Group. "We look forward to working directly with Qualcomm Technologies to build our next-generation ADAS/AD platform."
"Our announcement today with BMW Group marks the beginning of a new era in the automotive industry, where two technology leaders have come together to design and develop a key element of the Snapdragon Digital Chassis for the next generation automobile," said Cristiano Amon, President and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. "We are very proud of this milestone and can't wait to get our jointly developed products on the road."