Delphi will become a systems integrator and development partner for BMW, Intel and Mobileye’s joint automated vehicle program, which will lead to the eventual deployment of their self-driving technology.
In July 2016, the BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye announced that they would join forces to deliver a highly and fully automated driving system for serial production by 2021. The companies have since developed a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other car makers and mobility providers in pursuing state-of-the-art designs, and to create brand differentiation. UK-based Delphi will make use of its expertise in automated driving and system integration to assist the partnership in the development and initial deployment of their SAE level 3 to level 5 automated driving technology. The four partners intend to jointly deploy a cooperative model to deliver and scale the technologies to the broader OEM automotive industry.
A key role for Delphi will be the integration of the systems delivered by the other partners into various OEM vehicle architectures. Delphi may also provide software and hardware components, such as sensors, as part of certain customization efforts. Delphi has already provided a prototype computing platform to the BMW Group, and is working together with Intel and Mobileye in the areas of perception, sensor fusion, and high performance automated driving computing. The engagement between Delphi and the existing partners is non-exclusive.
“This is a great opportunity for us to use our technical depth and experience in automated driving and electrical architecture to help the cooperation partners develop and deploy at scale,” said Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Delphi. “Our close working relationship with all three partners serves as a solid foundation for a success.”
Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, noted, “Our partnership continues to break new ground in the auto industry. In less than one year the joint teams have made substantial progress to deliver a scalable platform for autonomous driving, and are on path to deliver 40 pilot cars in the second half of this year. Adding Delphi as an integration partner will help to accelerate the introduction of autonomous cars on the streets from multiple carmakers.”
BMW board member Klaus Fröhlich added, “From the very beginning we designed our cooperation on a non-exclusive platform for this technology of the future. With the onboarding of Delphi we significantly strengthen our development of the automated driving and do a future step in spreading this technology across the industry.”