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Qualcomm, BMW and Arriver to develop automated driving software solutions

Qualcomm Technologies, BMW Group and Arriver are working closely together to establish and continuously develop an ecosystem of automated driving solutions, but remain open to other partnerships.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., BMW Group and Arriver Software AB announced a long-term development cooperation for the development of automated driving technologies.

The companies signed a strategic cooperation agreement, which will focus on the joint development of next-generation AD technologies ranging from New Vehicle Assessment Program (NCAP), Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to Level 3 automated driving.

The co-development of the software functions is based on the current BMW Automated Driving software stack first launched with the BMW iX in 2021, which will be further extended to the next generation through this cooperation.

In November 2021, the companies announced that BMW’s next-generation automated driving system would be ported to the Snapdragon Ride Vision system-on-chip (SoC), including Arriver Computer Vision and Snapdragon platform compute SoC controllers. Ride operated by Snapdragon Car-to-Cloud. Service platform.

Efforts will focus on creating a scalable platform for automated driving based on a common reference architecture, sensor assembly specifications and safety requirements with joint development, a tool chain and a data center for storage, reprocessing and simulation.

The cooperation will see more than 1,400 specialists working together in locations around the world, including Germany, the United States, Sweden, China, Romania and the BMW AD test center in the Czech Republic.

Nicolai Martin, Senior Vice President Driving Experience, BMW Group, said: “This joint software development is an important milestone for BMW Group with respect to our next-generation automated driving platform. To enable sophisticated and secure functionality in a vehicle, you need state-of-the-art software across all components of the digital value chain. This forms the backbone of intelligent driver assistance systems.

“BMW Group is delighted to further expand its partnership with global technology leaders Qualcomm Technologies and Arriver to include a long-lasting strategic co-development cooperation to continue delivering world-class driving experiences to our customers. “, Nicolai added.

“We are proud of this long-term cooperation with the BMW Group and Arriver, which focuses on the co-development and deployment of automated driving systems from NCAP to Tier 3 customer functionality in upcoming production vehicles from BMW,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president. and Automotive General Manager, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“Building on stack components already marketed by BMW Group and Arriver, this cooperation will allow us to extend BMW Automated Drive software to the Snapdragon Ride platform and expand the accessibility of safer autonomous driving technologies. to other automakers and Tier-1s in an open, flexible and scalable deployment framework,” he added.

He said, “We believe Snapdragon Ride will create significant economies of scale and time-to-market advantages in the automotive industry with the rollout of automated driving software globally in production vehicles. from BMW, which have always been an example of the highest quality. , performance and safety standards in modern automobiles.

Giuseppe Rosso, President and CEO of Arriver, said, “We are thrilled to have Arriver’s vision perception and market-proven NCAP features combined with BMW’s automated driving software stack. By joining forces with Qualcomm Technologies and the BMW Group Arriver team, we will co-develop the next generation of open and scalable driving policies with world-class solutions and performance.

He added, “This co-developed product will be offered to our customers around the world. This cooperation is a key step for Arriver and proof of the wealth of skills of our teams thanks to years of experience in ADAS and security.

Qualcomm Technologies, BMW Group and Arriver are working closely together to establish and continuously develop an ecosystem of automated driving solutions, but remain open to other partnerships.