BMW and Mercedes shelve shared self-driving tech plan

BMW and Mercedes-Benz have put their autonomous driving collaboration on hold, blaming the expense of building a shared system for the decision. The two German automakers announced their self-driving alliance in early 2019, focusing on developing a Level 4 autonomous system that would allow their cars to navigate independently without any human involvement, within certain conditions.

The believe, the two automakers said at the time, was that collaborating on such a system would make it not only safer but more cost-effective to bring to market. While many companies are looking to autonomous driving as the next big phase in the industry, the expense of developing the technology is considerable. That’s even before you get to navigating regulatory hurdles which are still, in many cases, not set up to deal with driverless vehicles on public roads.

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