BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG put autonomous driving development on hold

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are pausing their cooperation on development of next-gen automated driving technology. The companies say they will continue on their existing development paths and cooperation may be resumed at a later date.

The companies said that while they had made progress in their separate programs, they had concluded that, in view of the expense involved in creating a shared technology platform, as well as current economic conditions, the timing was not right for successful implementation of the cooperation.

“We have systematically further developed our technology and scalable platform with partners like Intel, Mobileye, FCA and Ansys,” said Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development. “Our current technology generation offers very strong, sustainable potential. With extremely powerful sensors and computing power, our robust modular system puts us in an excellent position to offer our customers what they need for many years.”

Markus Schäfer, responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO said: “Our expertise complements that of the BMW Group very well, as our successful collaborations have proved. Next to decarbonisation, digitalisation is a major strategic pillar for Mercedes-Benz. To prepare for the future challenges of a rapidly changing environment, we are currently also sounding out other possibilities with partners outside the automotive sector.”

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (July 2020)

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