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Big 3’s five-year vow: Full auto autonomy by 2021

  • Fleets of fully autonomous cars in cities
  • BMW, Intel and Mobileye to collaborate
  • Three companies share a common vision and goal
Full auto autonomy by 2021 Image: BMW Germany
THE ULTIMATE ‘LOOK MA, NO HANDS!’ BMW and two partner companies have promised real auto autonomy by 2021 in the automakers’s iNEXT project. Image: BMW Germany

MUNICH, Germany – BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts reals. Scary? Read on…

These three automotive, technology and computer vision and machine-learning industries say they are collaborating to bring highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021.

A joint media release sent to The Corner says: “The future of automated driving promises to change lives and societies for the better but the path to a fully autonomous world is complex and will require solutions that integrate (everything) from door locks to data centres.

“Transport providers must harness rapidly evolving technologies, collaborate with new partners, prepare for disruptive opportunities.

PROMISE OF SAFER TRAVEL, CITY AND FREEWAY

The BMW iNEXT will be the basis for BMW’s autonomous strategy not only on highways but also in urban environments, especially for automated ride-sharing .

The triumvirate is convinced that automated driving will make travel safer and easier. “The goal is to develop future-proofed solutions to not only take hands off the steering-wheel but also achiee the so called ‘eyes-off” (Level 3) and ultimately the “mind-off” (Level 4) to transform the driver’s in-car time into leisure- or work-time.”

Full auto autonomy by 2021 Image: BMW Germany
OTHER INDUSTRIES TO BENEFIT, TOO: Full automobile autonomy by 2021 will, the triumvirate says, will take the same tech to machinery. ‘Hey, Number 5 is alive!’ Image: BMW Germany

That would mean cars driving themselves, no human on board; effectively, the possibility of self-driving fleets by 2021… “the foundation for entirely new business models in a connected, mobile world”.

Exciting stuff…!

‘MILESTONE FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY’

On July 1 2016 the three companies’ representatives were at BMW Group HQ Munich to commit to striving for an industry standard and to define an open platform for autonomous driving to address levels 4 and 5 not only for many automakers but also for other industries which could benefit from autonomous machines and “deep machine-learning”.

Mobileye co-founder, chairman and chief technical officer Professor Amnon Shashua said: “Today is a milestone for the automotive industry as we enter a world of new mobility. We will lay the groundwork for the technology of future mobility that enables fully autonomous driving to become a reality within the next few years.”

For its part, Intel says it will bring “a comprehensive portfolio of technology to power and connect billions of smart and connected devices, including cars”.

‘WE’LL RE-INVENT THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE’

“To handle the complex workload, processors wil deliver up to a total of 100 teraflops
of power-efficient performance without having to rewrite code.”

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich added: “This partnership between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will help us to deliver quickly on our vision to re-invent the driving experience.

“We’ll bring a broad set of in-vehicle and cloud computing, connectivity, safety and security and machine-learning assets to this collaboration.”

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