In early January, BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced that a fleet of approximately 40 autonomous BMW vehicles will be on the roads by the second half of 2017, demonstrating the significant advancements made by the three companies towards fully autonomous driving.

Today, at an event in the heart of Silicon Valley, Intel and BMW announced the kick-off of their autonomous driving trial. The self-driving cars are built on the 7 Series platform and will included technology from Intel’s latest acquisition, Mobileye.

All the cars are expected to be on the road by the end of the year. All the vehicles will include multiple Mobileye cameras for road scanning.

As part of this partnership, the BMW Group will be responsible for driving control and dynamics, evaluation of overall functional safety including setting up a high performance simulation engine, overall component integration, production of prototypes and eventually scaling the platform via deployment partners.

Stay tuned for more details and photos!

[Source: Engadget]