BMW, Intel, and Mobileye partner to bring self-driving vehicles on the road by 2021


Automated driving is expected to benefit people and transform society. However, the roadmap is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that combine intelligence across the network. In order to navigate this issue and provide a solution, the BMW Group is collaborating with Intel and Mobileye to ensure highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021.

The goal of the partnership is to come up with future-proofed solutions that progressively allow vehicles to function without human supervision – from level 3 to level 5. The progression involves taking hands off the steering wheel, followed by “eyes off” (level 3) and ultimately “mind off” (level 4). However, the final stage of autonomous driving will be “driver off” (level 5), when a human is not required inside the vehicle.

Mobileye co-founder, chairman and CTO, Professor Amnon Shashua, said, “The processing of sensing, like our capabilities to understand the driving scene through a single camera already, will be deployed on Mobileye's latest system-on-chip, the EyeQ5, and the collaborative development of fusion algorithms will be deployed on Intel computing platforms. In addition, Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM) technology will provide real-time precise localisation and model the driving scene to essentially support fully autonomous driving.”

The companies have jointly established a range of deliverables and milestones to deliver fully autonomous cars based on common reference architecture. In the near term, the companies will demonstrate an autonomous test drive with a highly automated driving (HAD) prototype. In 2017, the platform will extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.

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