In December, a report claimed that BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler are pursuing another partnership, this time on. Now automakers have confirmed this second partnership between these two bitter rivals within a week.
BMW and Daimler announced Thursday that the two plan a "long-term strategic cooperation" autonomous tech. The two will initially focus on strengthening driver assistance systems, with a focus on highway support and automated parking. The hope is that these systems will be launched in the mid-2020s.
"Instead of individual solutions, we want to develop a reliable overall system that offers tangible added value for our customers," said Ola Källenius, Daimler's board member for research and development, in a statement. "We want to work with the right partners to improve the performance of this technology and get it safely on the road."
"At the BMW Group, long-term partnerships within a flexible, scalable, non-exclusive platform are fundamental to driving the industrialization of autonomous driving," said Klaus Fröhlich, BMW board member. "The combination of the key competences of our two companies will strengthen our innovation and accelerate the diffusion of this technology."
While the two may be working on Level 3 and 4 SAE technology, the two hope that they can move on to more advanced autonomy technology in the future. Both companies will explore other tech partnerships that could add value to the scalable architecture at the heart of this partnership. The two, however, will continue to sell rivals.
This is the second merger announced between these German automakers last week. At the end of last week, the two announced that they would