Daimler AG, the multinational automotive corporation of Mercedes-Benz, recently partnered with BMW Group for long-term strategic cooperation that focuses on the development of driver assistance systems for automated vehicles.
In this joint project, the two companies will be implementing the technologies in their respective products independently. Around 1200 specialists will be working together, often in mixed teams, and will be based at locations including the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center (MTC) in Sindelfingen, the Daimler Testing and Technology Center in Immendingen, and the BMW Autonomous Driving Campus in Unterschleissheim. The team will focus on developing a structure for driver assistance systems such as sensors, as well as a joint data center for data storage, administration and processing, and the development of functions and software.
Prior to developing driver assistance technologies, companies such as Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, Continental, Fiat Chrysler, HERE, Infineon, Intel and Volkswagen, the BMW Group and Daimler have published a paper titled Safety First for Automated Driving, which will help in making the technologies safer than the average driver.
Daimler AG will be launching its first pilot program with Bosch on self-driving vehicles in an urban environment. Early next decade, Daimler will bring to the market not only highly automated (Level 3) vehicles, as well as the fully-automated (Level 4/5) vehicles.
The BMW Group has been working on highly automated driving since 2006 and has established a non-exclusive platform with technology specialists, suppliers and OEMs to take it to series maturity.
The technology’s unique scalability from Level 2 – 4 both enables a high level of flexibility and ensures it will be viable in the future. Cutting edge agile software development is used at the Campus to speed up the development of the platform and set new industry standards.
Around the world, more than 70 test vehicles are trialing the latest technology. They collect data in order to improve machine learning with artificial intelligence through simulations and test new Level 2-5 functions out on the road.
The generation of technologies that is currently under development will go into series production as Level 3 automation in 2021 in the BMW iNext where it will also be Level 4 enabled for pilot projects.