BMW are partnering with Intel and Mobileye to bring a fleet of approximately 40 self-driving cars to the roads by the second half of 2017. The BMW 7 Series will employ Intel and Mobileye technologies during trials in the US and Europe.
The trio began their partnership in July 2016 when it was announced that they planned to develop a self-driving car. Now, it looks like that plan will soon become a reality.
"Making autonomous driving a reality for our customers is the shared ambition behind our cooperation with Intel and Mobileye...” said Klaus Fröhlich, board of management member of BMW AG for development. “This year our fleet of vehicles will already test this joint technology globally under real traffic conditions. This is a significant step towards the introduction of the BMW iNEXT in 2021, which will be the BMW Group’s first fully autonomous vehicle.”
The partnership leaves BMW responsible for driving control and dynamics, evaluation of functional safety, overall component integration, production of prototypes and scaling the platform. Meanwhile, Intel brings its computing elements from vehicle to data centre and Mobileye its EyeQ®5 computer vision processor offering functional safety and low-power performance.
Mobileye is also collaborating with BMW to create a full model of the environment surrounding the vehicle, and to establish a driving policy.