Further to their announcement of a partnership in future mobility solutions, the two German automakers have now announced collaboration in the field of self-driving cars.
The two companies will initially address driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and parking solutions that take them up to the SAE Level 4.
“As we continue to pursue our strategy, we are combining the expertise of two technology leaders. At the BMW Group, long-term partnerships within a flexible, scalable, non-exclusive platform are fundamental to advancing the industrialisation of autonomous driving. Combining the key expertise of our two companies will boost our innovative strength and speed up the spread of this technology,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.
Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development said: “Autonomous driving is one of the most revolutionary trends for us at the moment, and the entire Daimler Group is working very hard on it. As always at Daimler, our top priority is safety. Instead of individual, stand-alone solutions, we want to develop a reliable overall system that offers noticeable added-value for customers. Working with the right partners, we want to make significant advances in enhancing the performance of this technology and bring it safely on the road.”
The companies believe that the partnership will speed up the technology cycle, using scalable architecture that can deliver Level 3 and Level 4 automation on highways. This is meant to address future technologies, while current features within their products will remain outside the ambit of the agreement.