Fiat Chrysler has joined BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to form an alliance and sign a Memorandum of Understanding. The aim is to develop a world-leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment. This cooperation will allow the partners to leverage each other’s strengths, capabilities, and resources. It would result in enhanced platform technology, less time to market, and increased development efficiency.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will contribute through engineering and other technical resources and expertise along with its significant sales volumes, geographic reach, and valuable experience.
In July 2016, BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye collaborated to bring solutions for highly automated driving (Level 3) and fully automated driving (Level 4/5) into production by 2021. Since then, the three companies have been working to develop a scalable architecture that can be used by multiple automakers around the world, while maintaining their brand identities.
Currently, the collaboration is on-track to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of this year. It also hopes to leverage data and learning from the recently announced 100 Level 4 test vehicle fleet of Mobileye, demonstrating the scale effect of this collaborative approach.
Intel’s Advanced Vehicle Lab in Chandler, Ariz., tests sensor-laden cars
(Image Courtesy: Intel)
“The future of transportation relies on auto and tech industry leaders working together to develop a scalable architecture that automakers around the globe can adopt and customize,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome FCA’s contribution, bringing us a step closer to delivering the world’s safest autonomous vehicles.”
“In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers,” said FCA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne. “Joining this cooperation will enable FCA to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are possible when companies come together with a common vision and objective.”
Intel Corporation is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It is the world’s largest and highest valued semiconductor chip makers based on revenue and is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors: the processors found in most personal computers (PCs).
Intel supplies processors for computer systems and manufactures motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphics chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing.
Mobileye, an Intel Company is the global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving. The company’s technology keeps passengers safer on the roads, reduces the risks of traffic accidents, saves lives and has the potential to revolutionize the driving experience by enabling autonomous driving.
Its proprietary software algorithms and EyeQ® chips perform detailed interpretations of the visual field in order to anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals, debris and other obstacles. Mobileye’s products are also able to detect roadway markings such as lanes, road boundaries, barriers and similar items; identify and read traffic signs, directional signs, and traffic lights; create a RoadBook™ of localized drivable paths and visual landmarks using REM™; provide mapping for autonomous driving.
About Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), one of the world’s largest automakers based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles and related parts and services, components and production systems worldwide through 162 manufacturing facilities, 87 R&D centers, and dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries.
About BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
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