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BMW China Automotive Trading and the technology group Tencent are to work together to develop automated driving technologies in China.

The two groups will work collaborate on the building the BMW Group China High Performance D³ platform. It forms the basis for the development of highly (Level 3) and fully (Level 4) automated driving functions.

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Alejandro Vukotich, BMW’s Senior Vice President Automated Driving, says: “Our ultimate goal is to make the car safer than the human driver through greater automation. Safety is paramount to us. We therefore need to process a lot of data for simulation, testing and validation. The launch of the D³ – Data-Driven Development – platform in China is the next big step for us along this path.”

Mr. Dowson Tong, President of Tencent Cloud & Smart Industry, adds: “We hope that with the continuous deepening of cooperation between the two parties, we can create a new model and a new benchmark for cooperation between Chinese technology companies and international automotive companies. We also look forward to providing more assistance to the localization of international first-class automotive companies in China.”

BMW says the D³ platform should be ready to begin operations by the end of this year.

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