BMW, In­tel, Mo­bil­eye to make self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles by 2021

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH - STAFF RE­PORTER

ISLAMABAD—BMW Group, In­tel, and Mo­bil­eye are join­ing forces to make self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles and fu­ture mo­bil­ity con­cepts be­come a re­al­ity. The three lead­ers from the au­to­mo­tive, tech­nol­ogy and com­puter vi­sion and ma­chine learn­ing in­dus­tries are col­lab­o­rat­ing to bring solutions for highly and fully au­to­mated driv­ing into se­ries pro­duc­tion by 2021.

The fu­ture of au­to­mated driv­ing prom­ises to change lives and so­ci­eties for the bet­ter. But the path to get to a fully au­ton­o­mous world is com­plex and will re­quire endto-end solutions that in­te­grate in­tel­li­gence across the net­work, from door locks to the data cen­ter. Trans­porta­tion providers of the fu­ture must har­ness rapidly evolv­ing tech­nolo­gies, col­lab­o­rate with to­tally new part­ners, and pre­pare for dis­rup­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties.

To­gether with In­tel and Mo­bil­eye, the BMW Group will de­velop the nec­es­sary solutions and in­no­va­tive sys­tems for highly and fully au­to­mated driv­ing to bring these tech­nolo­gies into se­ries pro­duc­tion by 2021. The BMW iNEXT model will be the foun­da­tion for BMW Group’s au­ton­o­mous driv­ing strat­egy and set the ba­sis for fleets of fully au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles, not only on high­ways but also in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments for the pur­pose of au­to­mated rideshar­ing solutions.

BMW Group, In­tel and Mo­bil­eye are con­vinced that au­to­mated driv­ing tech­nolo­gies will make travel safer and eas­ier. The goal of the col­lab­o­ra­tion is to de­velop fu­ture­proofed solutions that en­able the driv­ers to not only take their hands off the steer­ing wheel, but reach the so called “eyes off” (level 3) and ul­ti­mately the “mind off” (level 4) level trans­form­ing the driver’s in-car time into leisure or work time. This level of au­ton­omy would en­able the ve­hi­cle, on a tech­ni­cal level, to achieve the fi­nal stage of trav­el­ing “driver off” (level 5) with­out a hu­man driver in­side. This es­tab­lishes the op­por­tu­nity for self-driv­ing fleets by 2021 and lays the foun­da­tion for en­tirely new busi­ness mod­els in a con­nected, mo­bile world.

On July 1, 2016, the three part­ners were present at the BMW Group Head­quar­ters in Mu­nich to ex­press their com­mit­ment to strive for an in­dus­try stan­dard and de­fine an open plat­form for au­ton­o­mous driv­ing. The com­mon plat­form will ad­dress level 3 to level 5 au­to­mated driv­ing and will be made avail­able to mul­ti­ple car ven­dors and other in­dus­tries that could ben­e­fit from au­ton­o­mous ma­chines and deep ma­chine learn­ing.

The com­pa­nies have agreed to a set of de­liv­er­ables and mile­stones to de­liver fully au­ton­o­mous cars based on com­mon ref­er­ence ar­chi­tec­ture. Near term, the com­pa­nies will demon­strate an au­ton­o­mous test drive with a highly au­to­mated driv­ing (HAD) pro­to­type. In 2017 the plat­form will ex­tend to fleets with ex­tended au­ton­o­mous test drives. “To­day marks an im­por­tant mile­stone for the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try as we en­ter a world of new mo­bil­ity. To­gether with BMW Group and In­tel, Mo­bil­eye is lay­ing the ground­work for the tech­nol­ogy of fu­ture mo­bil­ity that en­ables fully au­ton­o­mous driv­ing to be­come a re­al­ity within the next few years,” said Mo­bil­eye Co-Founder, Chair­man and CTO Pro­fes­sor Am­non Shashua.

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