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      02-28-2019, 11:23 AM   #1
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BMW and Daimler Announce Partnership to Jointly Develop Automated Driving Technology

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  • Long-term strategic cooperation
  • Next generation of technologies for driver assistance systems and highly automated driving
  • Flexible platform and shorter innovation cycles
  • Technology to be market ready by mid-2020s
  • Klaus Fröhlich: Consistent pursuit of scalable platform strategy and pooling of expertise from two technology leaders
  • Ola Källenius: Working with the right partners, we want to continue enhancing this technology.

Munich/Stuttgart- February 28, 2019... The BMW Group and Daimler AG are to join forces on automated driving. Initially, the focus will be on advancing the development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and parking features (up to SAE Level 4). The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop this technology, which is key for future mobility. The BMW Group and Daimler AG view their partnership as a long-term, strategic cooperation and aim to make next-level technologies widely available by the middle of the coming decade.

“As we continue to pursue our strategy, we are combining the expertise of two technology leaders. At the BMW Group, long-term partnerships within a flexible, scalable, non-exclusive platform are fundamental to advancing the industrialisation of autonomous driving. Combining the key expertise of our two companies will boost our innovative strength and speed up the spread of this technology,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development said: “Autonomous driving is one of the most revolutionary trends for us at the moment, and the entire Daimler Group is working very hard on it. As always at Daimler, our top priority is safety. Instead of individual, stand-alone solutions, we want to develop a reliable overall system that offers noticeable added-value for customers. Working with the right partners, we want to make significant advances in enhancing the performance of this technology and bring it safely on the road.”

The planned cooperation offers the BMW Group and Daimler AG a number of obvious advantages: the skills and experience of the individual partners and a scalable architecture will speed up and streamline the development of future technology generations. Besides the synergies, new technologies will be faster to market, with shorter innovation cycles. For both companies, the safety of vehicle occupants and other road users is of the utmost importance and a key reason for making the reliability of systems a key criterion for the collaboration. The two partners continue to pursue their goal of being the pace-setter in development.

Joint development work will be carried out via a scalable architecture covering several stages of automation, with Levels 3 and 4 enabling automated driving on highways. In addition, the two partners plan to discuss the possibility of extending their collaboration to cover higher levels of automation, both on highways and in urban areas. These considerations underline the sustainable, long-term nature of the cooperation, which includes the aim to create a scalable platform for automated driving. The development of current-generation technologies and ongoing collaborations of the two companies will remain unaffected and continue as before. Ongoing development of latest-generation technologies and existing collaborations will remain unaffected by the projected cooperation and go ahead as planned. The BMW Group and Daimler AG will also explore additional partnerships with other technology companies and automotive manufacturers that could contribute to the success of the platform.

Autonomous driving at the BMW Group
The BMW Group has been working on highly automated driving since 2006, and has established a non-exclusive platform with technology specialists, suppliers and OEMs to take it to series maturity. Since 2017, work in this area has been consolidated at the Autonomous Driving Campus in Unterschleissheim, just north of Munich, and the industrialisation and scalability of the technology is being advanced with the support of partners. Brand new agile software development is used at the Campus to speed up development of the platform and set new industry standards. Around the world, more than 70 test vehicles are trialling state-of-the-art technology. They collect data in order to improve machine learning with artificial intelligence through simulations and test new Level 2 - 5 functions out on the road. The generation of technologies that is currently under development will go into series production as Level 3 automation in 2021 in the BMW iNEXT where it will also be Level 4 enabled for pilot projects.

Autonomous driving at Daimler AG
Daimler AG has been working on series development projects not only for specific Level 3 vehicles but also for Levels 4 and 5. Long a leader in active safety systems, it programmed its systems largely in-house right from the very beginning. 2019 will see the launch in San José, Silicon Valley, of its first pilot programme, with Bosch, on self-driving vehicles (Levels 4/5) in urban environments. This will be the next milestone within the existing cooperation between both partners and the cooperation will continue as planned. Early next decade, Daimler will bring to the market not only highly automated (Level 3) vehicles but also fully automated (Level 4/5) vehicles. It is the only to the OEM in the world to be so well-positioned to apply autonomous driving in every relevant context, from passenger cars and vans to buses and trucks, and is therefore relying on scalable solutions to deliver automated driving.

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      02-28-2019, 12:07 PM   #2
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There is a long way to go. I just read the C&D review on the Audi A8 and it noted that the level 3 autonomy that comes with the car (elsewhere but not even in the US) is limited to a speed not exceeding 37 mph on a divided road.

Someone tell me...where is a divided road where drivers drive at speeds less than 37 mph! In Oz. What is the point?

We will be driving cars for a long time to come (and I did get my car with all the "nannies" but I still enjoy putting my foot to the floor and letting it go).
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There is a long way to go. I just read the C&D review on the Audi A8 and it noted that the level 3 autonomy that comes with the car (elsewhere but not even in the US) is limited to a speed not exceeding 37 mph on a divided road.

Someone tell me...where is a divided road where drivers drive at speeds less than 37 mph! In Oz. What is the point?

We will be driving cars for a long time to come (and I did get my car with all the "nannies" but I still enjoy putting my foot to the floor and letting it go).
The point is young people mostly do not care to drive.

The push is for safety and is driven by insurance.

And that's just a testing speed by the way.
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I don't mind autonomous driving when I don't want drive..., would be nice if when I get out from supermarket I can just "ask" car to drive from parking spot to where I'm or I leave the car have itself drive away from me to find parking spot...
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Hopefully they can add it to the i4 when it comes out
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The point is young people mostly do not care to drive.

The push is for safety and is driven by insurance.

And that's just a testing speed by the way.
I understand that. Millenials and all that. But my point is why is Audi selling a feature that no one would ever use even it were permitted in the US.

My first real car was a MB 190D with 240,000 miles and a 0-60 official time of 26 seconds. But even with that car there is no way I would be driving on a divided road at less than 37 mph.

Here in AZ most city roads have a 40 or 45 mph speed limit and no drives the speed limit. I think the only time it would apply would be in a school crossing zone and I sincerely hope no one use autonomous driving in a school crossing zone.
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The point is young people mostly do not care to drive.

The push is for safety and is driven by insurance.

And that's just a testing speed by the way.
I understand that. Millenials and all that. But my point is why is Audi selling a feature that no one would ever use even it were permitted in the US.

My first real car was a MB 190D with 240,000 miles and a 0-60 official time of 26 seconds. But even with that car there is no way I would be driving on a divided road at less than 37 mph.

Here in AZ most city roads have a 40 or 45 mph speed limit and no drives the speed limit. I think the only time it would apply would be in a school crossing zone and I sincerely hope no one use autonomous driving in a school crossing zone.
Maybe they're just being ridiculously careful.

Otherwise I'd does seem odd I agree.
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The perspective on autonomies systems might change once you drive in the Bay Area or LA traffic. There is no escape so I just let the driver assistance plus do the work.
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So the ultimate driving machine ultimately drives itself? That sounds so exciting. I suppose it can park itself next to the pod you in live in.
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Two great car manufacturers coming up together with a project, should be exiting! Who else can face Tesla and Uber?
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The concentrated expertise of these two giants could enormously strengthen the technological leadership of Europe.
Both have missed a lot in their stupid diesel intoxication of the last twenty years and now there is a lot to catch up. Luckily there is the pressure from outside (Tesla, Chinese Brands).
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If it’s going to be automated driving, I have no intention of buying a performance German automobile or luxury brand. It becomes just a utilitarian, state imposed transportation vehicle, under the control and monitoring of government.

However, it will make motorcycle travel safer, so I’ll be back on a bike!
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