To push FCA for driverless fleets in China, may join BMW Benz autonomous driving alliance


Editor’s note: This article is from Krypton 36 “Future Automotive Daily” (micro-channel public number ID: auto-time), Author: Zhang.Author | Zhang Yi editor | Xu Yang According to Bloomberg, the Autonomous Driving Alliance formed by BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler may attract more partners. Fiat Chrysler Group (FCA) is the most likely target.FCA is one of the largest auto giants in Europe. It started cooperation with Google Waymo in 2016, and signed 62,000 RoboTaxi (Autonomous Taxi) orders with Waymo in 2018.At 2020 CES, FCA and AutoX announced that they plan to launch the first RoboTaxi in China without a safety tester.Last July, the BMW Group and Daimler announced the formation of a long-term development partnership, with 1,200 technicians from both companies in the cooperation plan.According to the plan, the alliance will focus on the development of driver assistance systems, including autonomous driving and automatic parking technology (L4 level) on the highway.Autonomous vehicles equipped with this technology are expected to be officially sold to the public in 2024.German “Business Week” reported last August that Audi may join the self-driving alliance formed by BMW and Mercedes-Benz to jointly develop self-driving cars.In the autonomous driving alliance, FCA is an active franchisee.As early as August 2017, FCA joined BMW, Intel and Mobileye’s autonomous driving technology alliance as the first partner. FCA mainly provides engineering and technical resources and autonomous driving technology test vehicles.The alliance plans to start production of highly autonomous driving platforms (including L4 / L5 levels) in 2021.Since then, FCA’s cooperation with BMW and Daimler in autonomous driving has also continuously released new developments.Last July, an autonomous driving alliance formed by 11 car companies, component companies and technology development companies including Daimler, BMW and FCA was established.The alliance also includes companies such as Audi, Volkswagen, Baidu, Apollo, Intel, and Baidu.The transformation of automobiles from traditional fuel vehicles to autonomous vehicles requires not only high R & D funding support, but also synergies and cooperation among technology providers, component suppliers, car manufacturers, and policy makers.With the continuous entry of participants in the smart car industry chain, the industrial environment and policy environment in which autonomous driving is located have been significantly improved.After about 11 years of technology research and development and vehicle road test accumulation, the landing speed of advanced assisted driving technology will be significantly faster than in previous years, and cross-border alliance actions of participants in the industry chain in the field of autonomous driving are becoming more frequent.Not only is the cross-border autonomous driving alliance composed of the above 11 companies, in September 2019, more than 70 companies from China launched the “Autonomous City Demonstration and Industry Collaborative Innovation Alliance” to become the world’s most extensive partner for autonomous driving.Domain Alliance.Members of the alliance include auto companies such as Daimler, BMW, GM, Geely, SAIC, Dongfeng, FAW, BAIC New Energy, Weilai, parts companies such as Bosch and Delphi, as well as Huawei, Tencent, Didi, Xiaoma Zhixing, YuTechnology and Internet innovation companies such as Trend Micro, Tucson Future, etc.

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