Development of the BMW iNext autonomous car looks set to benefit from a new business deal in which BMW technology partner Intel will purchase Israeli driverless car technology company Mobileye.
The acquisition is worth about £12 billion and will enable the two brands to combine their driverless software and hardware know-how, speeding up the rate of development of the autonomous vehicle systems that will end up in the iNext, which is due in 2021.
The electric car is planned to offer level three (eyes off) autonomy, with level five (driver off) autonomy a possibility. The new Intel deal could be pivotal in fast-tracking level five full autonomy into the model from its launch.
Intel said: “The acquisition will couple the best-in-class technologies from both companies, including Intel’s high-performance computing and connectivity expertise and Mobileye’s leading computer vision expertise to create automated driving solutions from the cloud through the network to the car.