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BMW, Intel, Mobileye form joint alliance to develop driverless cars

Published: July 1, 2016 

Just as the race to develop autonomous cars is hitting the market, BMW has surely geared up with two of the alliances that it is going to announce soon. According to the sources, the company has made up its mind to partner with collision detection specialist Mobileye and computer chipmaker Intel. 

The much anticipated tie-up would help the automaker to become one of the leaders in the ongoing competition to build self-driving cars from scratch. In this process, Mobileye is keen to give computer-driven vehicles better reflexes without driver input. The three companies said they would hold a joint news conference this week, without giving further details. It will be attended by BMW Chief Executive Harald Krueger, Intel (INTC.O) CEO Brian Krzanich and Mobileye Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Amnon Shashua. 

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Earlier this week, there was one more major partnership between HERE and TomTom, where the two companies have agreed on a standard that would govern how road and vehicle performance data is transmitted from Internet-connected cars to cloud-based online services.

The two companies Intel and Mobileye are well-known for their services in the domain of self-driving cars. Mobileye is one of the top suppliers of camera-based sensor systems used in driver assistance systems in the latest generation of vehicles. Along with that, Intel is not far behind with its services and has been seeking to break into the market for automotive chips where its rivals NXP, Renesas, Infineon and STMicroelectronics have already established their products and services.

BMW, which has been a key customer of Mobileye systems dating back to its first-generation of sensors in 2007, is one of five automakers expected to deploy Mobileye’s fourth-generation safety systems for new cars beginning in 2018.

Source: Reuters

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