BMW, Intel and Mobileye to test driverless cars on the roads later this year

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As the race towards putting fully autonomous vehicles onto the streets speeds up, BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye have announced that around 40 autonomous BMW vehicles will be on the roads by the second half of 2017

The announcement came during a joint press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

As the three partners make progress towards fully autonomous driving, they will carry out global trials starting in the US and Europe, using BMW 7 Series vehicles equipped with Intel and Mobileye technologies.

Since announcing their partnership last year, with a view to bringing solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021, the three companies have also developed a scalable architecture that they say can be used by other vehicle manufacturers.

Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG 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.”

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said: “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.”

 “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,” said Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua.