Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has joined the collaborative effort between BMW, Intel and Mobileye for a global autonomous driving platform after the companies signed a memorandum of understanding.
FCA chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne, said: “In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers. 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.”
Before signing the MoU, it was in 2016 when the group announced that they were coming together to make self-driving vehicles a reality by collaborating to bring solutions for highly automated driving (Level 3) and fully automated driving (Level 4/5) into production by 2021. Since then, they have been designing and developing a scalable architecture that can be used by multiple automakers around the world, while at the same time maintaining each automaker's unique brand identities.
The cooperation will continue to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of 2017. Moreover, the group also expects to benefit from leveraging data and learnings from the recently announced 100 Level 4 test vehicle fleet of Mobileye, an Intel Company, demonstrating the scale effect of this collaborative approach.
Intel said it was going to accelerate its autonomous driving business ‘from car to cloud’ after it completed the tender offer of Mobileye.
Mobileye will start building a fleet of fully autonomous (level 4 SAE) vehicles for testing in the US, Israel and Europe. Mobileye’s computer vision, sensing, fusion, mapping and driving policy will be combined along with Intel’s leading open compute platforms and expertise in data centre and 5G communication technologies to deliver a complete “car-to-cloud” system, the company said.
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