BMW Group and Daimler Group have announced that they will launch a long-term cooperation in the research and development of autonomous driving technology. Later, that is, as soon as 2024, Level 4 autonomous vehicles can be put on the market.
The goal is to promote Level 4 autonomous driving in 2024, and the two sides will deepen cooperation in autonomous driving
BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as representatives of German luxury brands, Although they are competitors, the two parties still have a cooperative relationship in the fields of map data, small car development, and autonomous driving research and development. In 2015, they jointly invested with Audi to buy HERE map data.And location services. In March 2018, BMW and Daimler signed an agreement to integrate the mobile service business units of the two groups. Daimler’s shared car Car2GO merged with BMW’s DriveNow, ParkNow, and ChargeNow, including car sharing, ride-hailing services, Vehicle parking, charging services and other fields are integrated and cooperation; in February 2019, BMW and Daimler Group also further announced that the two brands will join hands in a joint venture of 1.1 billion euros to create the next generation of luxury small cars. Funds and costs are used to develop autonomous driving technology.
In July 2019, BMW and Daimler Group signed a long-term cooperation agreement for autonomous driving. In addition to announcing that the two parties will invest a total of 1,200 people in the research and development of a self-driving car professional team, jointly develop the next generation of driving assistance technology. Set mid-to-long-term goals, expecting the fastestIn 2024, that is, 5 years later, Level 4 self-driving cars can be introduced into mass production and sold on the market. The technology scope of their cooperation will include high-speed automatic driving and automatic parking. In addition, the two parties will also extend autonomous driving technology to applications in low-speed fields such as cities.
The current autonomous driving R&D centers of both parties, such as BMW has the Autonomous Driving Campus in Unterschleissheim, near Munich, Germany; Mercedes-Benz has the MTC Technology Center in Sindelfingen and the Daimler Test and Technology Center in Immendingen. The above-mentioned units will participate in the cooperation between the two parties. The plan is to establish a modularized next-generation driver assistance system, including data such as sensors and cloud graphics, software and function development, etc. The two parties will also share the results.
The head of the group is replaced, and the CEO of BMW announces that he will not be re-elected
In addition, regarding another major move of the BMW Group, On the other hand, Harald Krüger, who has been the sole group CEO since May 2015, announced that he will no longer seek re-election as group chief executive. After his chief executive contract expires on April 30, 2020, he will step down. And make a handover. And BMW willThe Board of Directors and Supervisors will be held on July 18, 2010. At that time, the successor of the Group CEO will be decided. Currently, foreign media estimates that the most popular candidates for succession are the product department head Oliver Zipse, the chief financial officer Nicolas Peter, the R&D R&D director Klaus Froehlich, etc. people.
The picture shows Harald Krüger, CEO of BMW Group.