BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye have partnered to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts a reality by 2021, the companies said.
The three leaders from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries are collaborating to bring solutions for automated driving into series production.
The companies said the path to get to an autonomous world 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 evolving technologies, collaborate with totally new partners, and prepare for disruptive opportunities.
The BMW iNEXT model will be the foundation for BMW Group´s autonomous driving strategy and set the basis for fleets of autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in urban environments for the purpose of automated ridesharing solutions.
The companies have agreed to a set of deliverables and milestones to deliver autonomous cars based on a common reference architecture. Near term, the companies will demonstrate an autonomous test drive in a prototype. In 2017 the platform will extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.
BMW Group is a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2015 was approximately EUR9.22 billion on revenues amounting to EUR92.18 billion.
Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY) is a developer of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.