BMW would appear to be about to join the race in developing self-driving cars.
But, according to reports, it won’t tackle the task alone, turning to computer chip manufacturer Intel and collision detection software specialist Mobileye to assist with its autonomous vehicle development.
Despite no official announcement of the project, the three companies are expected to hold a joint press conference soon, with key heads from each company expected to attend.
The move sees BMW using a strategy other automakers have adopted, using the advanced expertise of technology firms, and applying it to their automobiles.
Google has led the way with its public testing of self-driving vehicles, while Apple is also rumoured to be preparing to make its own announcement (whether that be an entirely Apple-developed vehicle, or a collaboration with an existing automaker remains to be seen).
Mobileye’s existing product portfolio includes collision-mitigation software and camera-based systems provided to both OEM manufacturers and as aftermarket solutions to fleet companies.
The company has also announced plans to incorporate real-time traffic mapping into its autonomous software, potentially capable of avoiding holdups and traffic-flow related delays
The full extent of BMW’s collaborative effort with Intel and Mobileye is yet to be revealed, however BMW has used Mobileye sensor systems previously, while the company also holds contracts with GM, Nissan, and Volkswagen, amongst others.
BMW has so far kept a low profile with regards to autonomous technology, however the BMW Group’s three most recent concepts, part of the Vision Next 100 series for BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce each showcased a version of self-driving technology.
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