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BMW’s 5G layout, L4 autonomous driving test in China

From:Internet Info Agency 2019-07-19 18:24:53

On July 19th, after the recent announcement of cooperation with China Unicom and NavInfo on 5G mobile communication and HD map, BMW Group officially signed a contract with Tencent to establish a "high-performance data-driven development platform” for BMW Group in China.  This marks the landing of BMW's "data-driven R&D" strategy in China.  The successive signing of contracts with China's three major technology companies demonstrates the determination of the BMW Group to promote the development of autonomous driving.

 By 2021, the BMW iNEXT will be supplied with L3 autonomous driving according to regulatory approvals and will technically support L4 autonomous driving.  The BMW Group announced that after the mass production of the intelligent car, it will conduct L4 autopilot test in major markets including China.

 The BMW Group first demonstrated the track of highly autonomous driving cars as early as 2006.  At present, new cars such as the new BMW 3 Series, the new BMW 7 Series, the new BMW X5 and the innovative BMW X7 are already offering L2 autonomous driving.  The BMW Group believes that autonomous driving will help reduce traffic accidents and reduce congestion.

 The BMW Group began testing large-scale L4 self-driving vehicles in 2017, and is currently investing 80 BMW 7 Series in the world for L4 real-path testing.  Before the launch of the BMW iNEXT production car, the BMW Group will conduct 5 million km of actual road testing and 240 million km of computer simulation tests to cover as many traffic scenarios as possible.

 The BMW Group always believes that autonomous driving technology needs cooperation from multiple parties to achieve this.  As early as 2017, BMW Group established the industry's first open autopilot R&D platform with Intel, Mobileye and Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) to jointly develop the L3 autopilot system.

 In March of this year, BMW Group signed a contract with Daimler to start long-term strategic cooperation and jointly develop the next generation of autonomous driving system, aiming to bring the next generation technology to the market by 2025.  The collaborative development of both parties will be based on a scalable platform covering multiple driving automation phases, including L3 and L4 autopilots on the highway.  In addition, the two sides will explore the possibility of deepening collaborative development in this area to cover a higher level of automation and extend the range of applications from highways to urban roads.

 In addition, HD maps are one of the core technologies for autonomous driving, and NavInfo is China's leading location service provider, which is extremely important in terms of forecasting, driving strategies and safety.  A large amount of accurate environmental information can help BMW to accurately position the vehicle and understand the surrounding environment to make optimal driving decisions at any time.

 The cooperation between BMW Group and China Unicom began in 2012. It carried out business in the 3G/4G network era. The cooperation covers networked services, in-vehicle information service platforms, call centers, online store operations, and travel service operations.  On July 10, BMW (China) Automobile Trading Co., Ltd. officially announced the establishment of 5G mobile communication business cooperation with China Unicom, paving the communication foundation for BMW products to enter the 5G era.

 The two parties will carry out an automatic driving verification project based on 5G mobile communication network, including the construction of experimental 5G network environment to explore the automatic driving application in different scenarios.  With the signing of future communication services, the cooperation between the two parties will expand from 3G to the 5G era, from the initial "interconnected driving" to automatic driving.

Editor:Xi Xiaolin