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The development partners intend to use their individual strengths, capabilities and resources to enhance the platform, and also increase the development efficiency and decrease time to market. Furthermore, they can split the high cost to product autonomous vehicle together as well.
The members of the cooperation have different unique expertise. BMW has the technology of the automobile manufacturing and the supply chain management, and Mobileye is one of the huge ADAS company around the world, and it also have the advanced technology of autonomous driving visual perception. Besides, Intel has autonomous driving CPU/FPGA, 5G-communication platform as well and 15% of the shares of HERE International B.V., which provides mapping data and related services to individuals and companies.
In fact, FCA had started cooperating with Waymo, the Google self-driving car company since June 2016. FCA not only produced the Pacifica with Waymo but also provided 500 cars, which equipped with the self-driving device to the residents in Phoenix, AZ, US for testing.
On account of the nonexcludability of the collaboration that combined with FCA and Waymo, FCA will bring engineering and other technology resources to the new cooperation, including its significant sales volumes, geographic reach and longtime experience in North America.
"In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers," said Sergio Marchionne, the FCA Chief Executive Officer. "Join the cooperation will enable FCA to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are possible when companies come together with a common vision and objective."
In July 2016, BMW, Intel and Mobilieye announced that they were trying to make self-driving car come true, and plan to give solutions for highly automated driving (Level3) and fully automatived driving (Level4/5). From then on, they have designing and developing the expandable platform which can be used by every automakers around the world, and also maintaining the each brand identities.
Recently, this cooperation still paves its way on launching 40 autonomous test cars on the road in the end of 2017, and it's also gain benefits from the information and experience of the recent 100 Level4 test vehicle by Mobileye, an Intel Company. Demonstrate the scale effect of the collaboration.
"The two factors that remain key to the success of the cooperation are uncompromising excellence in development, and the scalability of our autonomous driving platform," said Harald Krüger, the chairman of the board of management of BMW AG. "With FCA as our new partner, we reinforce our path to successfully create the most relevant state-of-the-art, cross-OEM Level 3-5 solution on a global scale."
Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO said, "The future of transportation relies on auto and tech industry leaders working together to develop a scalable architecture that automakers around the globe can adopt and customize. We’re thrilled to welcome FCA’s contribution, bringing us a step closer to delivering the world’s safest autonomous vehicles.”
"We welcome FCA’s contributions and use of the cooperation’s platform, which has made substantial progress over the last year and is rapidly entering the testing and execution phase," stated Professor Amnon Shashua, the chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Mobileye.
"The combination of vision-intense perception and mapping, differentiated sensor fusion, and driving policy solutions offers the highest levels of safety and versatility, in a cost-efficient package that will scale across all geographies and road settings."
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