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Fiat teams up with BMW to make autonomous cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and BMW are teaming up in the race to get autonomous cars on the road.

The motoring companies are working together with Intel on a series of level 3, 4 and 5 self-driving cars, where they hope using each other's strengths and resources will get the vehicles to the market quicker.

Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: "The two factors that remain key to the success of the cooperation are uncompromising excellence in development, and the scalability of our autonomous driving platform.

"With FCA as our new partner, we reinforce our path to successfully create the most relevant state-of-the-art, cross-OEM Level 3-5 solution on a global scale."

Whilst Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, added: "The future of transportation relies on auto and tech industry leaders working together to develop a scalable architecture that automakers around the globe can adopt and customise. We're thrilled to welcome FCA's contribution, bringing us a step closer to delivering the world's safest autonomous vehicles."

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are confident they can help achieve the target to get 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of the year, whilst also benefitting from the data collected by the 100-strong Level 4 test vehicle fleet belonging to Mobileye.

Professor Amnon Shashua, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Mobileye, an Intel Company, shared: "We welcome FCA's contributions and use of the cooperation's platform, which has made substantial progress over the last year and is rapidly entering the testing and execution phase. The combination of vision-intense perception and mapping, differentiated sensor fusion, and driving policy solutions offers the highest levels of safety and versatility, in a cost- efficient package that will scale across all geographies and road settings."

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