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German high-end car giants BMW and Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler said Thursday they would work together to develop automated driving and driver assistance systems, the latest cooperation for the historically fierce rivals.
The two manufacturers have sealed a "long-term, strategic cooperation... to make next-level technologies widely available" by around 2025, they said in a joint statement.
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Munich-based BMW and Stuttgart's Daimler plan first to focus on so-called level three and four systems on an internationally-recognised scale for automated driving.
They will stop short of level five—which would see the on-board computer take over completely from the human driver under all circumstances.
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Rather, the hoped-for technology will at first offer driving and parking assistance and limited autonomy on motorways.
"Instead of individual, stand-alone solutions, we want to develop a reliable overall system," said Daimler board member Ola Kallenius, who is set to take over from departing chief executive Dieter Zetsche in May.
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