Delphi Joins Ranks With BMW, Intel and Mobileye In Automated Driving

BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye said yesterday they’re adding automotive supplier Delphi to their alliance aimed at building a leading autonomous driving platform.

Delphi had already been working with BMW on a prototype computing platform. Joining ranks with the others, Delphi will support efforts in the areas of perception, sensor fusion, and automated driving computing.

The partners see Delphi as being critical in integrating the technologies that BMW, Intel, and Mobileye bring to the vehicles. Their plan has been to make their technology available across vehicle architectures to other automakers, with Delphi playing a role in making it happen.

Delphi might also be providing necessary hardware for automated driving, such as sensors and customized applications.

“The partnership between BMW, Intel and Mobileye continues to break new ground in the auto industry,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “In less than one year the joint teams have made substantial progress to deliver a scalable platform for autonomous driving and are on path to deliver 40 pilot cars in second half of this year. Adding Delphi as an integration partner will help to accelerate the introduction of autonomous cars on the streets from multiple carmakers and offer differentiation to customers.”

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BMW, Intel, and Mobileye announced the 40 car pilot earlier this year at the CES Conference in Las Vegas. BMW 7-series self-driving test cars were fitted with the technologies by Intel and Mobileye. Testing is set to be conducted worldwide, starting in the U.S. and Europe.

These three companies forged an alliance in July, with the target of playing a role in fully automated vehicles going to series production by 2021. Calling themselves the Cooperation Partners in the Tuesday announcement, the companies report having developed a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other automotive developers and carmakers.

They’re competing with several other automakers and Silicon Valley companies in playing an industry leading role in the future of autonomous vehicles.