AUTONOMOUS CARS TO BE IN PRODUCTION BY 2021.

BMW group06 Jul 2016



BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye have agreed a partnership to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts a reality. The three leaders from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries hope that through their collaboration, fully automated cars will be in production by 2021.

From left to right: Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and Amnon Shashua, Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor

The three organisations believe that a driver's time in the car could be better spent on leisure or work, and that automated driving technologies will make travel safer and easier. The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to develop technologies that will allow drivers to not only take their hands off the steering wheel, but also their eyes and mind, thus enabling the vehicle, on a technical level, to be driven without a human driver inside.

BMW Group, Intel and Experteye came together on July 1 2016 at the BMW Group Headquarters to express their commitment to strive for an industry standard and to define an open platform for autonomous driving. The open platform will address the "eyes off", "mind off", and "driver off" levels of automated driving and will be made available to multiple car manufacturers, as well as other industries who could also benefit from autonomous machines and deep machine learning technologies.

The companies have agreed to a set of milestones to deliver fully autonomous cars based on a common reference architecture. In the short-term, the companies will demonstrate an autonomous test drive with a highly automated driving prototype. In 2017, the platform will extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.

The BMW i Future Interaction Concept with ConnectedDrive

Mobileye is the global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localisation and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving. Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua said: "Mobileye is proud to contribute our expertise in sensing, localization, and driver policy to enable fully autonomous driving in this cooperation."

Intel brings a comprehensive portfolio of technology to power and connect billions of smart and connected devices, including cars. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said: "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-learn assets to this collaboration enabling a truly end-to-end solution."

The BMW iNEXT concept model will be the foundation for BMW Group's autonomous driving strategy and sets the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on motorways but also in urban environments for the purpose of automated car-sharing solutions. Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG said: "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."

Discover more about BMW's vision of the future here.



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