Automakers Mercedes and BMW have begun working together on autonomous cars and are ‘optimistic’ they will deliver level 4 self-driving cars by 2024.
The companies have said that the cars will be able to handle motorway driving without human intervention, although a driver will still need to be at the wheel.
Engadget reports that in order to complete the vehicles, BMW and Mercedes parent Daimler will share 1,200 autonomous driving experts that will be based at BMW’s automated driving campus near Munich, as well as two of Daimler’s self-driving test centres.
According to Engadget BMW has said that the companies will focus on building ‘driver assistance systems, including sensors, as well as a joint data centre for data storage, administration and processing, and the development of functions and software.’
BMW plans to release a Level 3 self-driving car in 20201, while Daimler is teaming with Bosch on an urban self-driving pilot program this year, reports Engadget.