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  • Philip Osadebay - Tech Journalist

BMW will use Amazon Cloud technology for automated EVs

BMW a renowned German automaker, has recently closed a significant deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to harness the power of cloud technology for the development of automated features in its future vehicles. This collaboration marks a step towards BMW's next-generation Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) set to be integrated into its upcoming Neue Klasse range of electric vehicles (EVs). This groundbreaking development was showcased at the IAA Mobility Show in Munich, Germany.



The partnership builds upon an existing relationship, where AWS already handles data from BMW's connected cars.


According to BMW, "The new cloud-based system will leverage BMW's pre-existing Cloud Data Hub on AWS, and will utilise AWS compute, generative artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, machine learning, and storage capabilities to expedite the introduction of highly automated BMW vehicles."


Simultaneously, BMW confirmed its collaboration with Qualcomm to develop automated driving systems on the Snapdragon Ride platform. These systems use an integrated Ride Vision software stack, enabling 360-degree perception for vehicles. By taking these systems to the cloud, BMW's software teams can enhance collaboration with Qualcomm, accelerating the development process.


Dr. Nicolai Martin of the BMW Group emphasized the importance of this collaboration: "In the next decade, consumer expectations will drive more changes in the automotive industry than we've seen over the past 30 years. This marks the beginning of a new era of highly automated driving, powered by innovations in technology and engineering. Through collaboration with AWS and our partner, Qualcomm Technologies, BMW is building a new automated driving platform on AWS's scalable, secure, and reliable infrastructure."


BMW's next-generation vehicles were previewed in Munich by the Vision Neue Klasse concept, an electrified saloon resembling a 3 Series-sized model, scheduled for production in 2025. Praised for its minimalist design, a departure from recent controversial styling, it offered insight into the forthcoming iDrive technology, set to "transform the vehicle into a digital experience space." One notable feature is the Panoramic Vision, a vast head-up display spanning the windshield's full width, operated through gestures.


Over the next two years, BMW intends to unveil a total of six Neue Klasse models, marking a substantial step forward in its electrification program.


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