• Fleets of fully autonomous cars as basis for new mobility services in urban environments
• BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are creating an open platform for the next generation of cars to create the safest autonomous platform, from door locks to the datacenter
• The three companies share a common vision and goal, to align the industry on a standards-bases platform to quickly bring autonomous vehicles to market
Munich – July 1, 2016. BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye are joining forces to make self-driving
Vehicles and future mobility concepts become a reality. The three leaders from the automotive,
Technology and computer vision and machine learning industries are collaborating to bring solutions
for highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021.
The future of automated driving promises to change lives and societies for the better. But the path
to get to a fully autonomous world is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that integrate
intelligence across the network, from door locks to the data center. Transportation providers of the
future must harness rapidly evolving technologies, collaborate with totally new partners, and
prepare for disruptive opportunities.
Together with Intel and Mobileye, the BMW Group will develop the necessary solutions and
innovative systems for highly and fully automated driving to bring these technologies into series
production by 2021. The BMW iNEXT model will be the foundation for BMW Group’s autonomous
driving strategy and set the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but
also in urban environments for the purpose of automated ridesharing solutions.
BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are convinced that automated driving technologies will make travel
safer and easier. The goal of the collaboration is to develop future-proofed solutions that enable the
drivers to not only take their hands off the steering wheel, but reach the so called “eyes off” (level 3)
and ultimately the “mind off” (level 4) level transforming the driver’s in-car time into leisure or work
time. This level of autonomy would enable the vehicle, on a technical level, to achieve the final stage
of traveling “driver off” (level 5) without a human driver inside. This establishes the opportunity for
self-driving fleets by 2021 and lays the foundation for entirely new business models in a connected,
On July 1, 2016, the three partners were present at the BMW Group Headquarters in Munich to
express their commitment to strive for an industry standard and define an open platform for
autonomous driving. The common platform will address level 3 to level 5 automated driving and will
be made available to multiple car vendors and other industries who could benefit from autonomous
machines and deep machine learning.
The companies have agreed to a set of deliverables and milestones to deliver fully autonomous cars
based on a common reference architecture. Near term, the companies will demonstrate an
autonomous test drive with a highly automated driving (HAD) prototype. In 2017 the platform will
extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.
“Today marks an important milestone for the automotive industry as we enter a world of new
mobility. Together with BMW Group and Intel, Mobileye is laying the groundwork for the technology
of future mobility that enables fully autonomous driving to become a reality within the next few
years,” said Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua.
“Mobileye is proud to contribute our expertise in sensing, localization, and driver policy to enable
fully autonomous driving in this cooperation. The processing of sensing, like our capabilities to
understand the driving scene through a single camera already, will be deployed on Mobileye’s latest
system-on-chip, the EyeQ®5, and the collaborative development of fusion algorithms will be
deployed on Intel computing platforms. In addition, Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM)
technology will provide real-time precise localization and model the driving scene to essentially
support fully autonomous driving.”
Intel brings a comprehensive portfolio of technology to power and connect billions of smart and
connected devices, including cars. To handle the complex workloads required for autonomous cars
in urban environments Intel provides the compute power that scales from Intel® Atom™ to Intel®
Xeon™ processors delivering up to a total of 100 teraflops of power efficient performance without
having to rewrite code.
“Highly autonomous cars and everything they connect to will require powerful and reliable
electronic brains to make them smart enough to navigate traffic and avoid accidents,” said Intel CEO
Brian Krzanich. “This partnership between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will help us to quickly
deliver on our vision to reinvent the driving experience. We bring a broad set of in-vehicle and cloud
computing, connectivity, safety and security, and machine-learning assets to this collaboration
enabling a truly end to end solution.”
With its Strategy Number ONE > NEXT, the BMW Group has developed its framework to remain the
driving force behind premium individual mobility. This approach will become driving reality with the
BMW iNEXT model in 2021, heralding a new era of mobility.
“At the BMW Group we always strive for technological leadership. This partnership underscores our
Strategy Number ONE > NEXT to shape the individual mobility of the future,” stated Harald Krüger,
Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “Following our investment in high definition
live map technology at HERE, the combined expertise of Intel, Mobileye and the BMW Group will
deliver the next core building block to bring fully automated driving technology to the street. We
have already showcased such groundbreaking solutions in our VISION NEXT 100 vehicle concepts.
With this technological leap forward, we are offering our customers a whole new level of sheer
driving pleasure whilst pioneering new concepts for premium mobility.”