BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz No further cooperation for automated driving

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are suspending their development cooperation in the field of automated driving for the time being. Instead, the two companies want to focus on their own development paths. A cooperation at a later date is not ruled out.

Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are working independently on their current generations. However, following the signing of a contract for cooperation in automated driving last year, BMW and Mercedes-Benz held detailed discussions at expert level and discussed technology roadmaps with suppliers. In these discussions, both sides came to the conclusion that due to the high cost of a common technological basis and due to the overall business and economic conditions, the time is currently not right for a successful implementation of the cooperation.

Both companies emphasize that they will continue their successful cooperation in the other areas as planned. In 2015, for example, both companies acquired the location and technology platform Here together with Audi, which now has a very broad and international shareholder structure. At the beginning of 2019, the two companies also bundled their mobility services in a joint venture under the umbrella of the NOW family.

Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz, responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO, said: »Our competencies generally complement those of the BMW Group very well, as evidenced by successful joint cooperation. In addition to decarbonization, digitization is an important strategic pillar for Mercedes-Benz. In order to prepare for the future in a rapidly changing environment, we are currently exploring further opportunities with partners outside the automotive sector.«

»Together with partners such as Intel, Mobileye, FCA or Ansys, we have consistently developed our technology and our scalable platform,« emphasized Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW, Development. »Our current technology generation has sustainable potential: With an extremely powerful sensor system and computing power, we are excellently positioned to offer our customers the right solution for many years to come.«