About a year ago, BMW and Mercedes-Benz entered into a partnership agreement under which the companies planned to jointly develop autonomous driving technologies. Now it was announced the termination of cooperation in this direction, and the companies themselves called this decision “Mutual and friendly” and did not exclude the possibility that in the future joint work in this direction could be resumed.
Probably the plan of BMW and Mercedes was too ambitious. When the companies announced cooperation in July last year, they announced their intention to begin selling cars of the fourth level of automation by 2024. The termination of the partnership may mean that at the initial stage of cooperation, the companies incorrectly estimated the time frames for which it is realistic to introduce the appropriate technologies and start mass production of autonomous vehicles. The official statement said that the decision to terminate joint work in this direction was made because of the too high costs that are needed to create a full-fledged technological platform, as well as not too favorable economic conditions that have developed in the world to date.
Despite the termination of joint work in the field of autonomous vehicles, BMW and Mercedes will continue to remain partners in other areas. In addition, in the event of an improvement in the global economic situation and the emergence of obvious prospects for the development of autonomous control technologies, companies may return to joint work in the future.
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