BMW Group has engaged Valeo to provide the advanced driver assistance system for the carmaker’s new electric vehicle platform to be launched in 2025.
The deal, an important win for Valeo, is also important for BMW. The automaker aims to capture a 50% market share in global electric vehicle sales by the end of the decade and sees its new EV platform, called Neue Klasse, as the key to achieving that goal. The partnership also provides some insight into BMW’s evolving strategy around EVs.
Valeo will provide the sensors and software for parking and maneuvering BMW’s next-generation EVs, as well as the driver assistance system’s advanced domain controller that manages the flow of data between the sensors and the vehicle.
Developing a dedicated EV platform is a turning point for the German carmaker. BMW tested the concept with its first-ever EV, the i3, before hedging its bets with a hybrid approach to build gas-powered, hybrid and battery-electric vehicles on the same line. However, this delayed the development and launch of new BMW models.
Configurable platforms capable of supporting a range of EVs, from subcompact cars to vans, will be critical to the continued growth of automakers, according to the 2022 AlixPartners Global Automotive Outlook released June 22.
GM’s EVs are based on the automaker’s new Ultium battery platform, whose modular architecture can produce 19 different battery and drive configurationsHelp GM scale its battery-electric operations and reduce costs.
About 30% of the Volkswagen Group’s EVs are based on the MEB (Modular Electric Drive Matrix) architecture, including the ID.AERO sedan the automaker debuted for the Chinese market yesterday. The automaker expects that share to surpass 80% by 2025.
BMW “Neue Klasse” will also use Valeo’s next-generation ultrasonic sensors, surround-view cameras and new multi-function interior camera that can detect signs of driver drowsiness, fatigue or distraction.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, the ADAS domain controller will host Valeo’s low-speed driving software platform, as well as machine learning software from BMW and Qualcomm. The system adds new features and upgrades throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle and collects real-time map and location data.
“In addition to the capabilities arising from our integrated software stack, the domain controller itself is an important cornerstone in our strategy for safer and smarter mobility,” said Marc Vrecko, president of comfort and driver assistance systems at Valeo, in a statement.
BMW did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.