BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye Team Up to Bring Fully Autonomous Driving to Streets by 2021

BMW i Vision Future Interaction with BMW Connected
BMW i Vision Future Interaction with BMW Connected
BMW i Vision Future Interaction with BMW Connected

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are joining forces to develop a standards-based platform to quickly bring autonomous vehicles to market. Recognizing that the path to get to a fully autonomous world is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that integrate intelligence across the network, from door locks to the data center, transportation providers of the future must harness rapidly evolving technologies, collaborate with totally new partners, and prepare for disruptive opportunities.

Together with Intel and Mobileye, the BMW Group will develop the necessary solutions and innovative systems for highly and fully automated driving to bring these technologies into series production by 2021. The BMW iNEXT model will be the foundation for BMW Group’s autonomous driving strategy and set the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in urban environments for the purpose of automated ridesharing solutions.

Press conference speakers - BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye.
July 1 news conferences announcing partnership. From left to right: Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of BMW AG, Ziv Aviram, Co-founder, President and CEO of Mobileye, Amnon Shashua, Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, Doug Davis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Internet of Things (IoT) Group.

BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye are convinced that automated driving technologies will make travel safer and easier. The goal of the collaboration is to develop future-proofed solutions that enable the drivers to not only take their hands off the steering wheel, but reach the so called “eyes off” (level 3) and ultimately the “mind off” (level 4) level transforming the driver’s in-car time into leisure or work time. This level of autonomy would enable the vehicle, on a technical level, to achieve the final stage of traveling “driver off” (level 5) without a human driver inside. This establishes the opportunity for self-driving fleets by 2021 and lays the foundation for entirely new business models in a connected, mobile world.

The companies have agreed to a set of deliverables and milestones to deliver fully autonomous cars based on a common reference architecture. Near term, the companies will demonstrate an autonomous test drive with a highly automated driving (HAD) prototype. In 2017 the platform will extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.

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