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BMW and Mercedes manufacturer Daimler announced a new partnership on Thursday to develop autonomous driving.
Some 1,200 technicians from the two German car giants will work together to develop self-propelled technology. Engineers will work towards driver assistance systems, automated motorway driving and parking. The companies say the technology will be specified to which industry callers call SAE level 4.
"Further talks are planned to expand cooperation to higher levels of automation in urban and urban areas," BMW said in a joint statement.
The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) levels determine the automation capability of vehicles, ranging from zero to five.
Level 4 vehicles can intervene if things go wrong or if system errors occur. The car can perform all functions itself, although manual override is available for a driver.
Daimler and BMW said they target 2024 as a key date for installing the technology in cars available to the public.
Car manufacturers said the cooperation is "non-exclusive", and partners and technology companies will participate in the work.
They added that the results are not kept secret and that other companies can see the conclusions "under license". [1[ads1]9659010] Secure than a human?
On Tuesday, the two German companies joined nine other companies to publish a white paper on driverless technology titled "Safety First for Automated Driving."
The report aims to develop worldwide industry standards to address the risk of self-driving cars and trucks.
Authors and experts from the companies involved say they aim to present the paper's principles and findings in the automotive and technology conferences over the next few months.  BMW said the main objective of the paper is to create a situation where an autonomous vehicle is proven safer than one involving full human control.
Other participants in the document included Audi, Baidu, Continental, Fiat Chrysler, Here Technologies, Infineon, Intel, Volkswagen and Aptiv.
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