BMW, Intel and Mobileye Testing 40 Autonomous Vehicles Later This Year

BMW, Intel and Mobileye are stepping up their alliance through testing about 40 self-driving vehicles during the second half of 2017.

Announced today at the CES conference in Las Vegas, BMW 7-series self-driving test cars will be fitted with technologies developed by Intel and Mobileye since a partnership by the three companies was made in July. Testing will be conducted worldwide, starting in the U.S. and Europe.

The three companies have developed a “scalable architecture” that can be adopted by automakers and suppliers to find their own ways to commercialize autonomous vehicles.

“This partnership has all of the skills and talent necessary to overcome the enormous technological challenges ahead and commercialize self-driving vehicles. Therefore, we are already thinking in terms of scalability and welcome other companies – manufacturers, suppliers or technology companies – to participate and contribute to our autonomous platform. This year our fleet of vehicles will already test this joint technology globally under real traffic conditions,” said Klaus Fröhlich, a member of the Board of Management for BMW AG for Development, in a release.

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Fröhlich said the partnership alliance will assist the German automaker in rolling out BMW iNext in 2021. These all-electric cars are being developed with fully autonomous capabilities.

Mobileye is working with several other global automakers using the Israel-based company’s collision-detection systems for their autonomous vehicle systems. The technology company will provide a sensor set to Lucid Motors for its Lucid Air electric car, which includes camera, radar, and Lidar sensors.

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