On July 4th, German time, Germany's two major automobile groups BMW and Daimler (Mercedes-Benz parent company) announced the formal establishment of a strategic partnership in the autonomous driving program. Similarly, Volkswagen Group, Europe's largest automaker, and Ford Motor Co. the United States, have also advanced strategic alliance negotiations to the final stage, which will jointly develop autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles.
The cooperation agreement between BMW and Daimler focuses on assisted driving system technology, highway autopilot technology and automatic parking technology. The common goal of both parties is to develop a “scalable autopilot platform” through their joint efforts and agree to the participation of other car manufacturing sound and technology providers. The cooperation between BMW and Daimler has been going very smoothly. In February, an agreement was reached to jointly invest 1 billion euros to establish five joint ventures, each holding half of the shares.
The cooperation between Volkswagen and Ford is really not as smooth as BMW and Daimler. There was a news report that the public planned to spend $1.7 billion to invest in Ford's autopilot company Argo, but the Volkswagen CEO had proposed 12 billion to acquire 10% of Waymo shares at the end of 18, and Waymo took a kick and then the public invested in Argo news. Become confusing. Fortunately, Waymo has reached a cooperation with Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, and is no longer the "third party" of Volkswagen and Ford!
Volkswagen and Ford may announce more detailed cooperation agreements in the next few days, and everyone will wait and look forward to it!xx