Daimler and BMW, consider a newspaper report that an extensive cooperation in Autonomous Driving. Daimler development chief Ola Källenius and BMW CEO Harald Krüger might have led talks, reported the “Handelsblatt” from circles of the two companies.

“the Two companies, it is clear that the best years of the German noble manufacturer at the moment is over, the share prices are already in the duration of deep arms”, writes the “Handelsblatt”. To be examined, therefore, a merger of the development activities. Even patents could put the two companies competing each other in the open.

report: development costs should decrease

it is Clear that The auto companies are in the Autonomous Driving under pressure. Among other things, the Software giant and Waymo from the Google Empire Alphabet has become the manufacturer to the major competitors in the development of robot cars. The company provides operating systems and could determine the Standard for robot cars.

Only last week, announced that Volkswagen, together with Ford the future of electric mobility, work closely together. The largest European car maker and the number two in the US, announced at the Detroit auto show, a global Alliance, which initially extends to the joint development of vans and Pick-ups in order to achieve short-term savings. Later, the Federal on self-driving cars, mobility services and electric cars will be extended.

BMW and Daimler have expressed, however, as yet, officially, to the “Handelsblatt” reported cooperation. With the cooperation, the newspaper said, want to cost the two car makers but the multi-billion dollar development of the topic of the future of Autonomous Driving lower and an industry standard to establish.


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