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Will Delphi and their self-driving supergroup create autonomous hits?


In July 2016, the BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye announced their collaboration to create a fully automated driving system for serial production by 2021. They have developed a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other carmakers and mobility providers to build state-of-the-art designs and differentiate their brands.

The group recently revealed that Delphi will serve as a systems integrator and development partner for their joint automated vehicle effort.

Delphi will use its expertise in automated driving and system integration to support the development and initial deployment of the automated driving technology. According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, the joint teams have made significant progress in delivering a scalable platform for autonomous driving and plan to introduce 40 pilot cars in the second half of this year. Delphi’s integration partnership is expected to expedite the introduction of autonomous cars and offer differentiation to customers from multiple carmakers.

A collaborative, industry-wide approach to success

The group is collaborating to develop Level 4 and 5 self-driving technology that can be used across the industry by BMW and other OEMs. This approach aims to create a small number of platforms that will dominate the market in the long term. Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer Glenn De Vos stressed that the platform is not exclusive to BMW but is intended for the entire market. Delphi brings its work on a separate self-driving platform with Intel and Mobileye NV to the collaboration and may also provide radar and other sensors to the BMW self-driving platform.

Volvo and Google also working together

Volvo Cars has announced a partnership with Google to develop the next generation of its in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android. This collaboration will offer access to a wide array of apps and services, including popular Android apps developed by Google, Volvo, or third-party app developers, for connected and predictive services in and around the car. The solution is expected to launch on new Volvo models within two years.

With car makers aiming for 2020 and 2021 deadlines for various components of autonomous vehicles, industry collaboration is crucial for meeting these timelines. De Vos emphasized the complexity of autonomous driving systems and the need for robust, best-in-class technology at every level of the platform. He warned that companies pursuing a closed system approach might struggle to keep up with the rapidly evolving industry.

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