BMW and Daimler have signed a cooperation agreement, under which partners will be engaged in joint development of cars with automatic control systems. This is reported by the press service of the German automakers.
Combining efforts will speed up the process of technology development, as well as significantly save money. In this case, the total size of the initial investment in the project will be one billion euros.
BMW and Daimler will focus on cars with fourth-level autopilot systems. This means that the electronics will be able to fully control the car on the roads with predictable traffic, for example, on the autobahn, as well as independently control the car in the parking lots. In this case, the driver will be able to take control at any time.
At the moment, BMW is already working on creating unmanned systems with Delphi and Mobileye companies (owned by Intel), which are responsible for the preparation of artificial intelligence and the «sense organs» of the car. Plus, the Bavarians collaborate with the startup Nauto. As for Daimler, he is co-preparing the fourth and fifth level autopilot with Bosch.