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BMW, Mobileye, Intel Testing 40 Autonomous Vehicles in 2017

January 04, 2017

Photo of BMW engineer André Mueller testing autonomous driving technology courtesy of Intel.
Photo of BMW engineer André Mueller testing autonomous driving technology courtesy of Intel.

BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye will have a fleet of 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the second half of 2017.

The three companies formed a partnership last July, and have since developed a BMW 7 Series that utilizes the technology of both Intel and Mobileye. The companies have developed a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other automotive developers and carmakers, according to Intel.

“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, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development.

The three companies each hold unique roles. BMW Group will be responsible for driving control and dynamics; evaluation of overall functional safety, including setting up a high performance simulation engine; overall component integration; and production of prototypes.

The Intel GO solution offers a scalable development and compute platform for critical functions including sensor fusion, driving policy, environment modeling, path planning and decision making. Mobileye’s EyeQ5 is responsible for processing and interpretation of input from the 360-degree surround view vision sensors as well as localization.

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