Brings methods integration experience to the desk
The autonomous driving consortium that features BMW, Intel, FCA, and others has added Canadian auto provider Magna Worldwide to its ranks. The businesses concerned will collaborate to develop a self-driving car platform to be used by all automakers.
The alliance started with BMW, Intel, and Israeli self-driving tech firm Mobileye, then grew to incorporate suppliers Delphi (now often known as Aptiv) and Continental, and most just lately Fiat Chrysler. Magna is the most important auto provider in North America and brings its experience in sensors and methods integration to the desk.
“Most of the autonomy challenges the business is going through can’t be dealt with in isolation,” mentioned Magna’s chief expertise officer Swamy Kotagiri, in a launch. “I’m assured that the various strengths introduced ahead by every companion will contribute to the supply of a self-driving platform the market can leverage. We’re extraordinarily excited to be one of many early integrators bringing our distinctive capabilities to the platform.”
Talking of the function Magna will play within the alliance, BMW AG administration board member Klaus Fröhlich mentioned, “Magna has a long-term expertise in integrating advanced methods seamlessly onto particular person car platforms, whereas securing differentiation for particular person OEM clients.”
The consortium is focusing on 2021 for the launch of its versatile car platform. The platform is being developed with completely different ranges of autonomy in thoughts, together with Stage four and Stage 5, the very best levels of self-driving tech. BMW’s iNEXT autonomous car can be set for a 2021 launch, so it’s most likely a secure wager it’s going to trip on this collectively developed platform.