BMW, Qualcomm and Arriver expand automated driving development cooperation

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A long-term cooperation agreement for the development of automated driving (AD) technologies has been inked between BMW Group, Qualcomm Technologies and Arriver Software. The partnership will focus on joint development of next-generation AD technologies ranging from New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), Level 2 advanced driving assistance systems to Level 3 high automated driving functionalities.

The co-development of software functions will be based on the current BMW AD software stack first launched with the BMW iX in 2021. Efforts will focus on creating a scalable platform for automated driving based on a common reference architecture, sensor-set specifications and safety requirements with joint development, toolchain, and a data center for storage, reprocessing and simulation.

“This joint software development is an important milestone for the BMW Group with regards to our next generation AD platform. To enable sophisticated and safe functionalities in a vehicle you need state-of-the art software in all components of the digital value chain. This forms the backbone for intelligent driver assistance systems. The BMW Group is excited to further extend our partnership with global technology leaders Qualcomm Technologies and Arriver to include a long-lasting strategic co-development cooperation in order to continue delivering world-class driving experiences to our customers,” said Nicolai Martin, SVP of Driving Experience, BMW Group.

Nakul Duggal, SVP and GM, Automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, said, “Building on already commercialized stack components from BMW Group and Arriver, this cooperation will position us to extend BMW Automated Drive software to the Snapdragon Ride platform, and expand the accessibility of safer self-driving technologies to other auto makers and Tier 1s in an open, flexible and scalable deployment framework.”

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