This is a very eventful week for automated driving. Which is not surprising considering this is one of the most complex challenges of our time, not only from a technological perspective, but on a social and legal level too.
For many years, the BMW Group has been committed to playing a leading role in the development of safe autonomous driving, because we believe that highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles of the future will offer broader access to mobility and – critically help to reduce the number of driving-related accidents. “Safety First for Automated Driving,” a white paper published today by the BMW Group and 10 car companies and key technology providers – Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, Continental, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, HERE, Infineon, Intel, and VW – summarizes all widely known methods for safety by design and verification and validation according to SAE levels 3 and 4. For the first time a clear traceability from the overall goal “safer than the average driver” to the used components like cameras or steering systems is presented.
The transition to automated driving is one of the most complex challenges of our time – not only from a technological perspective, but also social and legal. Meeting these challenges will require strong partners, and the cross-industrial collaboration on this paper is an essential first step toward generating industry-wide standards. This brings us closer to our next milestone: in 2021 we will offer our customers in the BMW iNEXT a safe Level 3 System for highways.
Cooperation with Daimler. In addition, we are launching our cooperation with Daimler on automated driving. Our initial objective is to develop technologies for driver assistance systems, highly automated driving on highways and automated parking (all up to SAE Level 4). To reach that goal, more than 1,200 specialists from Daimler and the BMW Group will be working together, often in mixed teams. The first production vehicle launch is scheduled for 2024. I’m looking forward to a good, fruitful cooperation.
On 1 January 2019, Alejandro Vukotich took over as Senior Vice President of the BMW Group’s Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving Development department. Alejandro Vukotich has 19 years of experience in the field of active safety, driver assistance and autonomous driving in the German automotive industry.
ELECTRIC CARS – A GOOD CHOICE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
Anyone who buys a plug-in hybrid or an electric car is clearly doing their bit for the environment. These vehicles already have a much smaller carbon footprint than models with a petrol or diesel engine. But environmentally-friendly electric cars have yet to realise their full potential: They still have a lot to offer.
Mobility is undergoing a transformation unlike anything we have seen before. At the BMW Group, this presents us with enormous challenges. We are meeting these head on with innovative technologies – but the safety of our customers always remains our top priority. We already offer driver assistance systems, such as speed, steering and lane control assistants. With these developments, we are on the threshold of highly-automated driving.
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