BMW, Intel and Mobileye tap Delphi as SI partner for autonomous car platform

BMW displays one of the first of approximately 40 automated vehicles that were announced by BMW, Intel and Mobileye during a one-day autonomous driving workshop on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Intel’s Silicon Valley Center for Autonomous Driving in San Jose, California. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye have announced their intention to bring in Delphi as a development partner and system integrator for their autonomous driving platform.

The four partners intend to jointly deploy a cooperation model to deliver and scale the developed solutions to the broader OEM automotive industry and potentially other industries.

Delphi has already provided a prototype compute platform to the BMW Group and is working together with Intel and Mobileye in the areas of perception, sensor fusion and high performance automated driving computing.

In July 2016, the BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye announced that they are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles become a reality and are collaborating to bring solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021. The companies have since developed a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other automotive developers and carmakers to pursue state-of-the-art designs and create differentiated brands.

A key role for Delphi will be the integration of the solution delivered by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye into OEM vehicle architectures. Additionally, Delphi may also provide required hardware components such as sensors as well as specific customization efforts and applications for differentiation.

Intel – which struck a deal to buy Mobileye for $15.3 billion in March – said that the engagement with Delphi is non-exclusive, and that Intel, BMW and Mobileye are in the process of onboarding additional integration and development partners to support future OEM customer needs.

“From the very beginning we designed our cooperation on a non-exclusive platform for this technology of the future. With the onboarding of Delphi we significantly strengthen our development of the automated driving and do a future step in spreading this technology across the industry,” said Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management of BMW AG for development.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that in less than one year, the joint teams had made substantial progress to deliver a scalable platform for autonomous driving and are on path to deliver 40 pilot cars in second half of this year.

“Adding Delphi as an integration partner will help to accelerate the introduction of autonomous cars on the streets from multiple carmakers and offer differentiation to customers,” he said.

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