BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG have punted on what was meant to be an extended-term collaboration to develop next-generation automated driving technology together, but a year after announcing the agreement.
The partnership, which was announced in July 2019, was never meant to be exclusive.
Instead, it reflected the increasingly common approach among legacy manufacturers to make loose development agreements in an aim to share the capitally intensive work of developing, testing, and validating automated driving technology.
The partnership aimed to develop driver assistance systems, highly automated driving on highways, and automatic parking and launch this technology serial vehicle scheduled for 2024.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz AG said they were unable to carry detailed expert discussions and ask suppliers about technology roadmaps until the contract was signed last year.
In these talks, and after extensive review, each side concluded that, in sight of the expense involved in creating a shared technology platform, also as current business and economic conditions, the timing isn’t right for the successful implementation of the cooperation,” the businesses said.
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