Automated Driving BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG: Temporary suspension of cooperation for automated driving
The cooperation between the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG on the development of next-generation technology for automated driving will be put on hold temporarily.
Both partners agree to concentrate on previous development paths for the time being. It cannot be ruled out that cooperation with new partners, if necessary, may also take place or even that cooperation may be resumed at a later date.
Not only the high costs involved in setting up a joint technology platform, but also the current business and economic situation led both parties to the decision to temporarily terminate the cooperation. This decision was also significantly influenced by extensive expert discussions and talks with suppliers about technology roadmaps last year. The BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG continue to work separately on current generations of highly automated driving and have made great progress in this area in the past.
"We have systematically developed our technology and scalable platform with partners such as Intel, Mobileye, FCA and Ansys," said Klaus Fröhlich, BMW AG's Board Member for Development. "Our current technology generation offers a very strong, sustainable potential: With our extremely powerful sensor technology and computing power, we are excellently positioned with our robust modular system to offer our customers what they need over many years".
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO: "Our competencies complement those of the BMW Group very well, as our successful collaborations prove. In addition to decarbonization, digitization is an important strategic pillar for Mercedes-Benz. To prepare for the future challenges of a rapidly changing environment, we are currently exploring further opportunities with partners outside the automotive sector.
However, this decision is not intended to influence cooperation in other areas. On the contrary, both partners are committed to continuing their successful cooperation. In 2015, for example, the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG together with Audi AG took over the location and technology platform HERE, which now has a very broad and international shareholder structure. At the beginning of 2019, the BMW Group and Daimler AG also bundled their mobility services in a joint venture under the umbrella of the NOW family.