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Daimler and BMW to co-operate on autonomous driving

Initial goals were the development of driver assistance systems, automated highway driving and automated parking

German automotive manufacturers Daimler AG and BMW Group have announced the signing of an agreement on automated driving co-operation.

In their 4 July joint press release, the companies emphasised that the initial goals were the development of driver assistance systems, automated highway driving and automated parking. The technology, once developed, will be separately implemented into the makers’ vehicles, as well as licensed to other OEMs.

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The collaboration will involve more than 1,200 specialists from both companies working in the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen, the Daimler Testing and Technology Centre in Immendingen and the BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus in Unterschleissheim.

The long term agreement is first planned to bear fruit in 2024 with the inclusion of the technology in passenger cars released by the businesses. The two are hopeful that the long-term nature of the co-operation will result in an automated driving platform.