Hanover, Germany – German technology company Continental AG has joined a team of BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye as a development partner and system integrator for automated driving.
The Hanover-based group said the goal of the partnership is to establish a new cooperation model for “highly and fully automated driving that will provide scalable solutions for the entire automotive industry worldwide.”
As a system integrator, Continental will work on the industrialisation of the platform for other automotive manufacturers and help bring the joint solutions to the market more quickly.
The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye trio joined forces in July 2016 to work on series production of highly and fully automated BMW vehicles by 2021.
In a 20 June statement, Continental said its contribution will be “broad product know-how” and its overall system competency along the entire process chain of assisted and automated driving.
“This collaboration will provide solutions that are more cost-effective for our customers and affordable to end users,” said Karl Haupt, head of continental’s advanced driver assistance systems business unit.
Continental will offer a range of products and services to the group, including tires, surrounding sensors, environment model, driving functions, as well as systems for human-machine-dialogue.
The company is particularly advanced in driver assistance systems which include systems for multi-function cameras, for fish-eye cameras with surround view, as well as short range and long range radar sensors.
In 2016, Continental’s sales of advanced driver assistance systems surpassed €1.2 billion, with new orders reaching over €3 billion. By 2020, the German technology company expects sales of more than €2 billion [a year] for the systems.
Since 2014 Continental has been testing automated driving on public roads in Japan.