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Delphi joins autonomous driving project of BMW, Intel and Mobileye

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt


The four partners together pursue the target of establishing a cooperation model that will provide scalable solutions for the entire automotive industry and potentially further industries. This is a new insight: Though BMW is one of the initiators of the development project, the trio intends to market it to third parties, including BMW competitors.

 

The move follows the original trio’s announcement to bundle expertise and resources to devise an autonomous driving platform for their customers. They plan to start series production of vehicles equipped accordingly by 2021. In the meantime, the partners have already developed a basic scalable architecture that can be adapted by other vehicle developers. The platform will offer enough design freedom for third parties to differentiate their respective brands from the BMW platform.

 

Delphi already developed a prototype of this computing platform. In addition, the company partnered with Mobileye in creating a similar platform before Mobileye was acquired by Intel. What’s more, the supplier has worked with Intel and Mobileye in the areas of high-performance computing and sensor fusion.


In a joint press release, the group said a system integrator (Delphi) will play a decisive role to market the joint solution and to attract multiple carmakers. In this context, Delphi will assume the task of integrating the solution to the vehicle architectures of the respective OEMs. In addition, Delphi could provide hardware components such as sensors as well as specific modifications according to the needs of the respective customer. These modifications could be important for the customers because they will allow them to ensure a certain degree of differentiation at the market. Since the development partnership has a non-exclusive character, the partners are also working to win further cooperation partners. “The collaboration among multiple automotive OEMs and suppliers is the best approach to offer a safe, cost efficient autonomous driving solution and get them to the market quickly”, explained Amnon Shashua, Chairman and CTO of Mobileye.

 

The quartet also shed light on the planned timing. According to their release, 40 test vehicles equipped with the platform will be sent to the road as early as the second half of the year.

 

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