Continental and Delphi joins BMW lead self-driving consortium

Continental and Delphi has joined the self-driving consortium led by BMW, created to accelerate the development of autonomous systems for vehicles.

Continental is the second largest supplier of automotive parts in the world and its joining the consortium will propell the initiative in a big way as the company deals in human machine interface, braking systems, Fuel injection system, and even hybrid propulsion systems apart from tyres. Continental’s expertise when integrated with new machine learning tech will be a perfect fit to create self driving cars.

Intel and Mobileye were partners in the consortium, however Intel has now bought Mobileye. Intel is hoping that the arrangement will give it an avenue into the growing need for silicon in cars, while Mobileye is already a leader in automotive vision, like radar and sensors.

Delphi, is another major parts supplier to have joined the consortium.

“We can meet the steep demands in autonomous driving through an industry-wide collaboration more comprehensively, rapidly and at lower costs than by going alone,” said Continental CEO, Elmar Degenhart in a statement to Reuters.

Collaboration programs are becoming all the more common in the self-driving industry, as leaders in one field attempt to strike future alliances. Mercedes-Benz made a similar agreement with Bosch in April. Google’s self-driving division Waymo partnered with Fiat Chrysler last year, and with Lyft this year.

The allegiance so far extends to collaborative research but in may include exclusive partnerships in future. Continental and Delphi both have huge presence in India and are major suppliers to the Indian automotive companies. Their joining the consortium will therefore indirectly help Indian automotive space as well.

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