BMW seeks to encourage partnerships to develop AV systems

German automaker BMW plans to leverage its alliances to help control costs of the proprietary batteries that power its vehicles, while seeking partners to share the expense of developing systems for autonomous vehicles. A bonus of the latter would be the establishment of a single standard for AV systems, a desire recently expressed by Volkswagen AG as well. 

It will be interesting to see how a more collaborative approach to AVs by the German automakers fairs against the much less cooperative US ecosystem.


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