BMW is planning to put 40 autonomous test cars on public roads in the second half of 2017, as the self-driving car race intensifies.
The German luxury car maker teamed up with Intel and Mobileye in July when they first announced plans to put self-driving cars into full production by 2021.
Speaking at a joint press conference at CES, the three companies revealed that BMW 7 vehicles will “employ cutting-edge Intel and Mobileye technologies” as part of the trials that’ll happen in the US and Europe. The companies have also developed a “scalable architecture” that can be used by other carmakers.
“This partnership has all of the skills and talent necessary to overcome the enormous technological challenges ahead and commercialize self-driving vehicles. Therefore, we are already thinking in terms of scalability and welcome other 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.”
-Klaus Frohlich, BMW AG for Development management board member
“From an industry perspective, we are already seeing savings and speed in development by sharing development costs and in pooling resources to develop a complete autonomous platform. The car to cloud system will perform with consistent, predictable behavior and is validated to the highest level of safety. That’s why this partnership is breaking new ground. We have established a dedicated team with clear, shared goals and a culture of innovation and agility and accountability.”
-Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO