BMW has announced that it has signed an agreement with Tencent to work together on building the BMW Group China High Performance D³ platform.
The BMW Group said it will use the platform to develop automated driving technologies and products which suit the complex local traffic conditions and meet local customer demands.
The BMW Group China High Performance D³ platform should be set up and ready to begin operations by the end of this year.
The automotive group said the “D³” in the new IT platform’s name stands for Data-Driven Development, which forms the basis for the development of highly (Level 3) and fully (Level 4) automated driving functions.
Before the BMW Group commences series production of Level 3 vehicles in 2021, the platform will be used mainly for safety validation of Level 3 and the early-stage study of Level 4 technologies. After 2021, the platform will assist both the post-production development of Level 3 models and research into Level 4 technologies.
Tencent will provide IT architecture, tools and platforms across the field of automated driving research and development. Both partners said they will comply strictly with Chinese laws and regulations on data security, prevent data security risks and ensure data compliance using Tencent’s security expertise.
Alejandro Vukotich, BMW senior vice president automated driving said, ‘Our ultimate goal is to make the car safer than the human driver through greater automation. Safety is paramount to us. We therefore need to process a lot of data for simulation, testing and validation. The launch of the D³ – Data-Driven Development – platform in China is the next big step for us along this path.’