Delphi joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye self-driving pact

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

Delphi Automotive said Tuesday it will become a systems integrator and partner for BMW Group, Intel Corp. and Mobileye NV’s jointly developed automated vehicle platform.

Delphi, which said its agreement with the partners is non-exclusive, will be involved in integrating BMW, Intel and Mobileye’s automated driving solutions into automaker vehicle architectures. The United Kingdom-based supplier with a large employee base in Troy also could provide software and hardware such as sensors and could help customize solutions.

BMW, a German automaker, chipmaking company Intel, and Israel-based tech company Mobileye announced last year that they would join together to create a fully automated driving system for production by 2021. The three companies have developed an architecture that could be used by other automakers and mobility companies.

“This is a great opportunity for Delphi to use its technical depth and experience in automated driving and electrical architecture to help the cooperation partners develop and deploy at scale,” Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Delphi Automotive, said in a statement. “Our close working relationship with all three partners serves as a solid foundation for a success.”

Delphi Chief Technology Officer Glen De Vos said in a call with reporters Tuesday that it won’t be the only systems integrator for the BMW, Intel and Mobileye partnership. He said the partnership intends to have the platform available for other automakers to use who will need other systems integration company support.

Kathy Winter, vice president of autonomous driving at Intel, said the project’s self-driving platform is accessible across the auto industry and that scale will help quicken the rollout of autonomous driving.

“We want to forward and accelerate the entire industry,” she said.

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in January said they plan to deploy a fleet of 40 autonomous BMW cars by the second half of this year. Intel confirmed Tuesday that the companies are on track to hit that goal.

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