Italian auto maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is to work in close collaboration with partners BMW, Intel and Mobileye to develop a new autonomous driving platform, with the aim of introducing highly automated driving Level 3 and fully automated driving Level 4/5 by 2021.
The four companies will be able to leverage each other’s individual strengths, capabilities and resources to improve technology, increase development efficiency and reduce time to market. The co-location of engineers in Germany and other locations will support this. FCA will contribute its expertise in the North America market – as well as its engineering capabilities – to the partnership.
In July 2016, BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye joined forces and since then, have been designing and developing a scalable architecture that can be used by OEMs worldwide. The project remains on-track to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of 2017. It also expects to benefit from leveraging data and learnings from Mobileye’s recently-developed 100 Level 4 test vehicle fleet.
“With FCA as our new partner, we reinforce our path to successfully create the most relevant state-of-the-art, cross-OEM Level 3-5 solution on a global scale,” said Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management, BMW.
Professor Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO and CTO, added, “We welcome FCA’s contributions and use of the cooperation’s platform, which has made substantial progress over the last year and is rapidly entering the testing and execution phase.”
August 17, 2017