BMW and Daimler, the Mercedes manufacturer, are teaming up to develop automated driving technologies.
The companies announced that their goal is to create driver-assistance systems, automated driving on highways and automated parking. The two companies will dedicate at least 1,200 specialists to assist on the project.
2024 is the scheduled market release date for vehicles that hold this technology.
They intend to have levels of automation up to SAE 4, which is full self-driving with no human intervention required, but only under exactly defined conditions or domains. Steering wheels and brakes may necessarily not be present in the car.
The two companies have made sure this will be a non-exclusive cooperation, meaning results will be available to other original equipment manufacturers and technology partners.