Will Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1-Series get common technologies?January 22, 2019
The largest German companies, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, may be able to share autonomous control technologies and some automotive components with each other.
BMW and the German concern Daimler, which includes Mercedes-Benz, may follow the example of Ford and Volkswagen and join forces to develop some automotive technology. The German edition quoted unnamed insiders from both companies, who told about the possible joint work of the two largest German brands. But one thing is clear that automakers have not yet made any official statements about this. I note that this is the second time that such rumors have appeared.
The most likely scenario, although perhaps the least likely at the same time, is that the range of common interests of both automakers will concern a common platform for the BMW 1-Series and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
It is reported that both models that will receive “a lot of common components and components” will be presented no earlier than after 2025.
At the same time, according to some insiders at BMW and Mercedes, the leadership of these companies did not quite like the idea of working together. Years of fierce competition between them did not pass unnoticed.
Apparently, the main goal of this partnership will be to reduce the cost of creating autonomous driving systems. At least in part, this initiative would presumably come from patent sharing, as well as joint technology development. It is reported that companies are hoping that their system will become the industry standard.
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