The BMW Group and Daimler AG have signed an agreement to cooperate on automated driving, with a focus on jointly developing technologies for driver assistance systems, highly automated highway driving and automated parking (all up to SAE Level 4).
The companies also plan further talks to extend their long-term cooperation to higher levels of automated driving in towns and cities.
The non-exclusive agreement will encompass a scalable platform for automated driving, with the companies aiming to launch the technology into passenger cars from 2024. Both firms will implement the technologies in their respective vehicles independently.
According to the partners, the cooperation will involve more than 1,200 specialists working together at locations including the BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus near Munich, and Mercedes-Benz and Daimler testing centres in Germany.
As well as working to develop a scalable architecture for driver assistance systems, including sensors, the companies plan a joint data centre for data storage, administration and processing.