BMW will launch with Intel’s ‘open platform’ for autonomous cars in 2021




BMW has announced that the carmaker is working with Intel and Mobileye for autonomous vehicle technology programs. The open platform in their own words should be ready for mass production in 2021 and should also find its way into cars of other brands.

According to BMW work the three companies together to create an open platform for autonomous cars. BMW will first implement the system as inext and that should be the basis for a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles, “the automaker.

BMW does not want to apply the technique in regular cars, but also sees automated driverless vehicles for themselves, which can be shared by occupants. The platform will also be made available to other automakers and other industries that may benefit from autonomous machines.

The three companies have made agreements about when developments will be delivered. In the short term the partnership promises to show a higly automated driving prototype. In 2017 should take place on a larger scale tests.

The platform where BMW, Intel and Mobileye to work together, have autonomous driving of level 3 to level 5 ‘possible. With level 3 means that the driver not only do not need to use his hands, but no eye longer need to have a whole for what happens. Level 4 represents the level of autonomy that the passengers do not have to think about the control of the car. In fact, which is equivalent to level 5, wherein a driver is no longer necessary to keep the vehicle moving.

BMW has long worked with Mobileye, which operates received in 2013 an investment of 300 million euros to create a system for semi-autonomous driving. The company has financial reasons a branch in the Netherlands, but conducts its operations mainly from Israel. The Mobileye systems are already used by several manufacturers. Intel will include contributions to the partnership with its expertise in the processing of heavy arithmetic.

The partnership will compete including Google. The search giant announced in May its technology for autonomous driving to integrate into a number of Fiat-Chrysler minivans, as a test. Tesla also is working on autonomous driving. The current models like the Tesla Model S already have a semi-autonomous Autopilot function.


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