BMW Autonomous-Driving Group to Add Rival Carmakers
BMW AG is close to coaxing at least two major carmakers to the coalition it launched in 2016 to speed development of self-driving-car technologies.
Klaus Froehlich, who heads BMW development, tells Bloomberg News, says there is accelerating interest in the group as carmakers realize how costly it will be to perfect robotic cars on their own.
The carmaker formed the consortium with computer vision developer Mobileye NV, now a part of Intel Corp., and several suppliers. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV joined the group last year. The alliance aims to deliver a fully developed autonomous driving system by 2021.
Carmakers each spent about $1 billion to develop technology suitable for semi-automated vehicles, Froehlich estimates. He says carmakers are growing ready to partner because they now realize those first-generation systems will be scrapped and replaced by far more advanced—and more expensive—technologies.
In-car video shows that the backup pilot of an Uber Technologies self-driving car was not watching the road just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last Sunday night.
There have been more than 20 reported attacks against Waymo’s self-driving fleet in Chandler, Ariz., since the company began testing the technology on public roads there two years ago.
When you think of complex, highly technical devices that you use every day in your car—in fact, possibly as much as three to 10 times per minute—you probably don’t think of your rearview mirror.