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BMW to test 40 autonomous vehicles by second half of 2017

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Eric Tipan / BMW | January 06, 2017 10:01

BMW, Intel and Mobileye partnership makes big leap in a little over a year

After announcing their partnership in early July last year, BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye reveal that they are ready to send a fleet of 40 autonomous BMWs on the roads for testing by the second half of 2017.

This is proof of noteworthy progress made by the three companies towards making autonomous driving a reality.

The BMW Group will be in charge of driving control and dynamics, evaluation of overall functional safety including setting up a high performance simulation engine, overall component integration, production of prototypes and eventually scaling the platform via deployment partners.

Intel brings years of experience in high-performance computing in order to handle data from the vehicle all the way to the data center. The company has specifically designed a solution for autonomous driving called Intel® GO™ that offers ‘world class processor and FPGA technologies for the most efficient balance of performance and power, while meeting the stringent thermal and safety requirements of the automotive industry.’

Mobileye, for its part, will provide its proprietary EyeQ®5 high-performance computer vision processor using 360-degree surround view vision sensors to provide automotive-grade functional safety combined with its low-power performance.

"Making autonomous driving a reality for our customers is the shared ambition behind our cooperation with Intel and Mobileye. This partnership has all of the skills and talent necessary to overcome the enormous technological challenges ahead and commercialize self-driving vehicles. Therefore, we are already thinking in terms of scalability and welcome other companies – manufacturers, suppliers or technology companies – to participate and contribute to our autonomous platform. This year our fleet of vehicles will already test this joint technology globally under real traffic conditions. This is a significant step towards the introduction of the BMW iNEXT in 2021, which will be the BMW Group’s first fully autonomous vehicle,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development.

“From an industry perspective, we are already seeing savings and speed in development by sharing development costs and in pooling resources to develop a complete autonomous platform. The car to cloud system will perform with consistent, predictable behavior and is validated to the highest level of safety. That’s why this partnership is breaking new ground.  We have established a dedicated team with clear, shared goals and a culture of innovation and agility and accountability,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

“Over the last six months, we have made very good progress in designing a state-of-the-art solution for autonomous driving on both highways and in urban areas. The solution has been defined in a scalable manner to allow affiliate automakers to meet their unique needs,” said Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua.