German carmaker BMW’s already strong alliance in the race for building the car of the future just got another addition. UK-based technology car parts maker Delphi will join the group of BMW, chipmaker Intel and Israeli vision system Mobileye to create a self-driving car platform, intended to be sold to other carmakers and automotive system developers.
The alliance, originally announced in July 2016, has set itself the ambitious goal to enter fully-automated cars into series production by 2021.
Klaus Fröhlich, a BMW board member, said Delphi’s participation will strengthen the development of self-driving technology and move the alliance a step closer to spreading the technology across the automobile industry.
Delphi’s main task will be to integrate the technologies of the other partners and to provide the required hardware components, such as sensors, the companies said.
Brian Krzanich, chief executive of Intel, which bought Mobileye for a whooping $15.3 billion in March, said the alliance was on track to deliver 40 pilot cars by the second half of the year.
Delphi is no stranger to the collaborating partners – the Gillingham, UK-based company has already provided computing platforms to BMW and has worked on sensor and perception projects with Intel and Mobileye.
The announcement marks the latest development in the competitive space of autonomous driving, a technology many companies regard as the future industry for carmakers and technology companies alike.
German BMW rival Daimler last month announced a similar alliance with car parts supplier Bosch. On Monday, Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo said it was joining forces with ride-hailing service Lyft to develop autonomous cars.
Tina Bellon is an editor with Handelsblatt Global. To contact the author: T.Bellon@extern.vhb.de