The BMW Group announce their intention to onboard Delphi as a development partner and system integrator for their autonomous driving platform.
Along with partners Intel and Mobileye, the four companies plan to jointly deploy a cooperation model to deliver and scale the developed solutions to the broader OEM automotive industry and potentially other industries, according to a press release.
Delphi has already provided a prototype compute platform to the BMW Group and is working together with Intel and Mobileye in the areas of perception, sensor fusion, and high performance automated driving computing.
In July 2016 BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye announced joint efforts to make self-driving vehicles become a reality and are collaborating to bring solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021.
The collaboration resulted in the development of a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other automotive developers and carmakers to pursue State-of-the-Art designs and create differentiated brands. According to the companies, 40 pilot cars are on path to deliver in second half of this year.
System integrators, such as Delphi, are critical for the go to market strategy of the joint solution to reach multiple automotive OEMs quickly. A key role for Delphi will be the integration of the solution delivered by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye into OEM vehicle architectures.
Additionally, Delphi may also provide required hardware components such as sensors as well as specific customization efforts and applications for differentiation.
“From the very beginning we designed our cooperation on a non-exclusive platform for this technology of the future. With the onboarding of Delphi, we significantly strengthen our development of the automated driving and do a future step in spreading this technology across the industry,” stated Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development.
“This is a great opportunity for Delphi to use its technical depth and experience with automated driving and electrical architecture to help the cooperation develop and deploy at scale. Our close working relationship with all three partners serves as a solid foundation for a success,” said Kevin Clark, President and CEO of Delphi.