BERLIN — BMW and Daimler have entered into a long-term development partnership for automated driving involving 1,200 technicians from both companies.
The strategic partnership will focus on developing technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and automated parking, BMW said in a statement on Thursday.
The two automakers first announced their plans to join forces on automated driving technology in February, saying they were discussing the possibility of extending their partnership.
BMW and Daimler on Thursday said they had finalized the agreement and that they expected the technology to be deployed in mass-market vehicles for private customers from 2024.
The technology will be so-called Level 4, or “mind off,” where the car can operate with driver input.
“In addition, further talks are planned to extend the cooperation to higher levels of automation in urban areas and city centers,” BMW said.
The non-exclusive cooperation is open to other…