As more cars are fitted with semi-autonomous technologies, the likelihood of seeing self-driving cars on the road has become almost inevitable.
So to help advance the relevant technologies and speed up the process towards fully autonomous vehicles, BMW Group has teamed up with Intel and Mobileye to introduce 40 driverless BMWs to the world’s roads in the latter half of 2017.
The aim for all three companies is to make significant strides in autonomous technologies using the latest 7 Series, with Intel and Mobileye using their latest innovations to further advance driverless features.
BMW will be in charge of driving dynamics and control, engine performance evaluation, prototype production and vehicle safety, while Intel and Mobileye will employ their expertise in the computing sphere to help improve the car’s mapping technology and decision making, as well as translating the vehicle’s performance into the drive system.
Klaus Fröhlich, BMW AG board member for development, said:
"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."