After a location cloud company came out with a design for universal data format for autonomous vehicles, news has come out that three major industry leaders are collaborating to create an open platform for autonomous vehicles.

The BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye are going to work together to make self-driving cars with the target of making highly and fully automated vehicles into series production by 2021.

BMW’s iNEXT model will be used as the foundation for this venture and it will move forward with the goal of making fleets of fully autonomous vehicles for an array of services including automate ridesharing.

The three partners have their eyes set on conquering three major levels of autonomous driving: eyes off (level 3), mind off (level 4) and driver off or without a human driver inside (level 5).

The BMW i8 Roadster

Achievement of Level 5 will make self-driving fleets possible and will create new business models in a ‘connected, mobile world.’

To be able to overcome the challenges of Level 3 to Level 5, the partners will work to make an industry standard open platform for autonomous driving that will be made available various automotive vendors and other industries will to benefit from ‘autonomous machines and deep machine learning.’

The objective of this partnership is to manufacture fully autonomous vehicles that use a common reference architecture and in the near term demo an highly automated driving (HAD) prototype before testing fleets with extended autonomous drives in 2017.

“Today marks an important milestone for the automotive industry as we enter a world of new mobility. Together with BMW Group and Intel, Mobileye is laying the groundwork for the technology of future mobility that enables fully autonomous driving to become a reality within the next few years,” said Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua.

“Highly autonomous cars and everything they connect to will require powerful and reliable electronic brains to make them smart enough to navigate traffic and avoid accidents. This partnership between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will help us to quickly deliver on our vision to reinvent the driving experience. We bring a broad set of in-vehicle and cloud computing, connectivity, safety and security, and machine-learning assets to this collaboration enabling a truly end to end solution,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

Inside the BMW concept

“At the BMW Group we always strive for technological leadership. This partnership underscores our Strategy Number ONE > NEXT to shape the individual mobility of the future. Following our investment in high definition live map technology at HERE, the combined expertise of Intel, Mobileye and the BMW Group will deliver the next core building block to bring fully automated driving technology to the street. We have already showcased such groundbreaking solutions in our VISION NEXT 100 vehicle concepts. With this technological leap forward, we are offering our customers a whole new level of sheer driving pleasure whilst pioneering new concepts for premium mobility,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.