BMW and Daimler Cooperate on Smart Mobility and Autonomous Driving

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By James Hodgson | 1Q 2019 | IN-5430


Increasing Cooperation


Arch rivals Daimler and BMW have announced that they will cooperate on the development of an open platform for highly automated driving, pooling their resources and experience with the ultimate aim of deploying SAE Level 3 and Level 4 vehicles in the early 2020s. This follows an earlier announcement that the companies would pool their sporadic mobility subdivisions into a more focused US$1 billion smart mobility initiative called “Jurbey.”

The announcement is further evidence of an industry that is rationalizing its investments in the face of challenging market conditions today, and a distant expectation for the maturity of new technologies. What remains to be seen, however, is how well two pioneers of autonomous driving will be able to integrate their existing engineering efforts to solve the remaining issues and accelerate their time to market.

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