It looks like future automobiles from BMW and Mercedes-Benz will benefit from a high-tech automated driving system jointly-built by the two companies.
Recently, BMW AG and Daimler AG struck a parternship that will see them jointly-develop next-generation technologies for self-driving cars. It will be a long-term strategic cooperation that is aimed at further bolstering their know-how in making automated driving more widely available, as well make them safe and usable for all to use.
“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 Frohlich, member of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Development.
Both companies will be working on SAE Level 3 and Level 4 automated driving systems. These would allow their cars to drive on their own in both cities and highways without the need of human intervention. In addition, the joint development between BMW and Daimler will also see the two work on a scalable platform solely meant for autonomous technologies. Finally, both automakers will also be exploring additional parternships from other tech companies that could contribute to the success of the upcoming platform.
“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,” said Ola Kallenius, member of the Board of Management at Daimer AG for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
To date, both automakers have already come up with concepts that were built solely for autonomous driving. These are the BMW Vision Next 100 and the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury Motion. Both concepts serve as each company's idea of a futuristic automobile that benefits from high-tech automated driving systems, as well as provide a more relaxed and lounge-like cabin.
More than likely, these two concepts will serve as the basis for building the next-generation automated systems for self-driving cars.