Daimler and BMW have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop new automated driving technologies, as part of a long-term, strategic partnership aimed at making these technologies widely available by the mid-2020s.
The collaboration will focus on the next generation of technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and parking features (up to SAE Level 4 automation).
“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,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
“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. Working with the right partners, we want to make significant advances in enhancing the performance of this technology and bring it safely on the road.”
Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development, said: “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.”
The announcement comes soon after the two carmakers shared plans to invest more than €1 billion in creating a new joint mobility services provider, with a vision of delivering all-electric, autonomous, on-demand urban mobility for customers.