Delphi, BMW Group to Develop Self-Driving Car

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BMW and its driverless vehicle partners Intel and Mobileye have teamed up with Delphi Automotive to help develop a self-driving platform. Delphi is now a member of the group effort, which was announced first in July 2016, prior to Intel's acquisition of Mobileye earlier this year. The three companies have thus far developed a scalable architecture that can be modified by other automotive developers and automotive manufacturers to come up with their very own state-of-the-art designs.

System integrators, such as Delphi, are critical for the go-to-market strategy of the joint solution to reach multiple automotive OEMs quickly, they said in the statement.

Delphi had already been working with BMW on a prototype computing platform.

Delphi, which said its agreement with the partners is non-exclusive, will be involved in integrating BMW, Intel and Mobileye's automated driving solutions into automaker vehicle architectures.

Intel, which said its data centers will be key to processing testing data for the autonomous driving platform, in January bought a 15 percent stake in mapping consortium HERE, which is jointly owned by German automakers BMW, Audi AG and Daimler AG. It would be capable of driving itself, but a human driver could still be called on to intervene.

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"It will comprise basically all you need to implement autonomous functionality in a specific OEM vehicle", Rau said.

Such partnerships seem to be announced nearly every day as companies frenetically race to be first with the new technology that has the potential to reduce crashes, save lives and change how we all get around. Toyota teamed with artificial intelligence company NVIDIA and Waymo, formerly Google's autonomous vehicle division, partnered with ride-hailing service Lyft. "In fact, one of the most exciting aspects of today's announcement is the potential to align our work on the CSLP Platform with the work BMW, Intel, and Mobileye are doing as part of their cooperation".

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