BMW has announced a collaboration with Mobileye and Intel to produce an autonomous vehicle within five years.
Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW describes the partnership as “an important step in shaping the future of the BMW Group”.
It’s planning a vehicle called iNext which it says will show BMW Group is playing a leading role in shaping the future of the automotive industry. “Fully-autonomous driving will be key,” said Fröhlich, “we have a clear goal: To be a technical leader in the field of autonomous driving. To be very clear: this means to reach level 3 “eyes off”, level 4 “mind off” and even level 5, the final stage of traveling without a human driver inside. We are strongly pursuing that goal with a holistic end-to-end approach.
“That sets us apart from other companies,” he continued. “We are working systematically to establish the required technological building blocks: a high-definition real-time map, state-of-the-art sensor cluster and high computing power with artificial intelligence to create the real-time environmental model and motion control and system integration.”
BMW says the next most important building block for the group is to develop autonomous driving technologies, including new sensor technologies, supercomputing with extensive use of artificial intelligence substituting human perception and understanding of the environment.
It says both Mobileye and Intel have significant know-how and extensive experience in technologies which are “crucial for highly- and fully-automated driving”.