BMW with Tencent to develop automated driving in China
BMW China Automotive Trading and Tencent signed an agreement to work together on building the BMW Group China High Performance D³ platform. The BMW Group will use the platform to develop automated driving technologies and products which suit the complex local traffic conditions.
The BMW Group China High Performance D³ platform should be set up and ready to begin operations by the end of this year.
The “D³” in the new IT platform’s name stands for Data-Driven Development, which forms the basis for the development of highly (Level 3) and fully (Level 4) automated driving functions.
Before the BMW Group commences series production of Level 3 vehicles in 2021, the platform will be used mainly for safety validation of Level 3 and the early-stage study of Level 4 technologies.
After 2021, the platform will assist both the post-production development of Level 3 models and research into Level 4 technologies.
«China is at the forefront of automated driving development, and we aim to play a pioneering role in this area. The collaboration between BMW Group and Tencent will set the benchmark for cross-industry cooperation. The BMW Group China High Performance D³ platform will allow us to develop autonomous driving solutions that represent a better fit for the specific driving scenarios in China» said Mr. Jochen Goller, President and Ceo of BMW Group Region China.