BMW: Who is going to make the first autonomous car?

Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 51

Autonomy: Likely to be Level 5

“BMW’s partners reminds me AC Milan squad in 2004.”

Like Toyota, BMW released Level 2 driving assistance featured luxury cars in the market in 2017. BMW offers a more extended system than Toyota, but for now that is only available in 5 and 7 Series.

Bimmer has a long history with driver assistance systems and it was one of the first car manufacturers that showed off their self-driving car on a speed track. (The linked video dates back to 2011 and after that date almost all the German OEMs burned rubber on the tracks without drivers.)

After giving up the partnership with Chinese tech giant Baidu, BMW, Intel and Mobileye formed a super-alliance and later on Delphi and Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) joined the group. Hold on? Did FCA not partner Waymo in autonomous driving research? In AV world things are getting crazy! (OK, calm down: in contrast to FCA’s partnership with Waymo, FCA has all the access to intellectual property developed with BMW)

BMW’s plan is to deliver whole range of autonomous cars at once. It will offer all 3 levels of driving autonomy in 2021.

Verdict

BMW-FCA-MobilEye-Intel-Delphi all-star partnership reminds me AC Milan squad in 2004. There is no doubt, they will deliver the project flawlessly and precisely on the due date. But there are others who promised to ship AVs before 2021. Thus, my conclusion is, if another company cannot launch its models before 2021, BMW are likely to be the leader.

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