Continental joins a self-driving platform developed by BMW, Intel and Mobileye

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Continental said on Tuesday it would join a self-driving platform developed by BMW, Intel and Mobileye with the German auto parts and tire maker handling integration of components and software, according to Reuters.

A year ago, BMW partnered with Intel and Mobileye, a European/Israeli computer vision company specializing in building driverless car technology.

BMW, Intel Corp and parts maker Delphi Automotive last May said they would collaborate on development of a highly-automated self-driving platform for BMW, with Delphi handling integration of components and software.

The costs to integrate hardware, software and data and the accelerating pace of development of self-driving vehicles has sparked a growing number of alliances between automakers and suppliers.

Continental, the world’s second-biggest supplier to carmakers by sales, said it would play a key role in commercializing the new platform, which is to be sold to other auto manufacturers.

We can meet the steep demands in autonomous driving through an industry-wide collaboration more comprehensively, rapidly and at lower costs than by going alone,” Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart said in an emailed statement.

In April, rival German automaker Daimler formed a similar alliance with supplier Bosch to speed development of self-driving vehicles.

BMW, Daimler and Intel jointly own Here, a high-definition mapping service, along with Volkswagen and Chinese Tencent.