BMW, Intel, and Mobileye are teaming up to create the technology for autonomous driving cars. The system will be featured in a new BMW that will be part of its iNEXT lineup and is expected to debut in 2021. The three companies plan an open platform concept that will synchronize every aspect of the car from door locks to Level 5 autonomous systems. The open platform means also that other car makers could use the system or maybe even join the project.
A press release by the trio said, “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 future-proofed 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.”
Amnon Shashua, co-founder of Mobileye said that Level 3 “means you can really take eyes off, and there is a significant grace period from the time when the system is compromised until you really need to take control. And if you don’t take control, the system will know how to stop aside slowly in a safely manner.”
Level 5 autonomy means there is no human driver in the car. It is also expected to begin in 2021, but with limits. It will focus on specific locations and routes. “We are envisioning fully autonomous driving in a geo-fenced area. Take a city like Munich. A certain (geo-fenced) area provides safe, completely Level 5 autonomous driving.”
Mobileye provides much of the components for Tesla’s Autopilot system, which is the most advanced in the world at the present time.
Source: Inside EVs.