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Published on May 20th 2022 in

BMW collaborates on automated driving technologies

BMW Group, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Arriver Software AB have announced a long-term strategic cooperation agreement for the development of automated driving technologies.

The companies signed an agreement for a strategic cooperation, which will focus on joint development of next-generation automated driving technologies ranging from New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Level 2 Advanced Driving Assistance Systems to Level 3 High Automated Driving functionalities.

The co-development of software functions is based on the current BMW Automated Driving software stack first launched with the BMW iX in 2021, which will be further extended in the next generation through this cooperation. In November 2021 the companies announced that BMW’s next generation Automated Driving System will be ported on the Snapdragon Ride Vision system-on-chip (SoC) including Arriver Computer Vision and the Snapdragon Ride Platform’s compute SoC controllers managed by Snapdragon Car-to-Cloud Services platform.

The efforts will focus on creating a scalable platform for automated driving based on a common reference architecture, sensor-set specifications, and safety requirements with joint development, toolchain, and a data centre for storage, reprocessing, and simulation. The cooperation will see more than 1,400 specialists working together in locations worldwide, including Germany, USA, Sweden, China, Romania, and the BMW AD Test Centre in the Czech Republic.

“This joint software development is an important milestone for the BMW Group with regards to our next generation automated driving platform. To enable sophisticated and safe functionalities in a vehicle you need state-of-the art software in all components of the digital value chain, which forms the backbone for intelligent driver assistance systems,” said Nicolai Martin, Senior Vice President Driving Experience, BMW Group. “The BMW Group is excited to further extend our partnership with global technology leaders Qualcomm Technologies and Arriver to include a long-lasting strategic co-development cooperation in order to continue delivering world-class driving experiences to our customers.”

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