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Delphi joins self-driving alliance with BMW, Intel

May 16, 2017 By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) – German automaker BMW AG, U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp and parts maker Delphi Automotive PLC on Tuesday said they would collaborate on development of a highly-automated self-driving platform for BMW, with Delphi handling integration of components and software. BMW said the new platform is intended to be sold to other vehicle manufacturers, which in turn may choose their own systems integrators to customize the platform to suit their vehicles. The cost, complexity and accelerated pace of development of self-driving vehicles continue to…

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Self-driving ‘arms race’ complicates supplier alliances

April 13, 2017 By Edward Taylor and Paul Lienert FRANKFURT/DETROIT (Reuters) – The race to develop and exploit autonomous vehicle technology is reshaping the hierarchy of the automotive industry, replacing traditional top-down manufacturing relationships with complex webs of alliances and acquisitions. Dealmaking in the automotive and technology industry is driven by the rapid transition of self-driving vehicles from research projects to major elements of near-term product plans at several of the world’s biggest automakers. That shift is behind deals like one announced last week between Robert Bosch and Daimler AG’s…

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BMW may build electric Mini in Germany instead of Britain: Handelsblatt

February 26, 2017 FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Luxury carmaker BMW is considering moving planned production of an electric version of its Mini compact car to Germany from Britain in response to plans by London to leave the EU single market, the Handelsblatt daily newspaper reported. BMW may shift manufacturing to its production sites in Regensburg and Leipzig, the paper said, citing company sources. Production at Netherlands-based contract manufacturer Nedcar could also be an option, it said. BMW plans to start talks with the British government next week, Handelsblatt said, adding a…

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