BMW, Mercedes halt joint development of autonomous tech

Mercedes-Benz and BMW have suspended their partnership to jointly develop autonomous driving technology, citing high costs and adverse economic conditions.

The two German carmakers had announced their plans to collaborate in February 2019. They had plans to develop next generation autonomous systems including fully-autonomous Level 4 tech. The first cars fitted with this technology were scheduled to arrive in 2024.

The carmakers have said in a statement that they would continue to concentrate on their existing development paths. Mercedes-Benz will focus on decarbonisation and digitalisation, while BMW will be working on sensors and computing power as well as its modular system.


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