BMW in talks with automakers over joining its self-driving group

BMW is in talks with at least two peers about joining its automated-driving group and expects to announce new members in the next three to four months, Klaus Froehlich, the automaker’s head of development, said.

Companies that initially tried to go it alone are realizing the immense research costs and daunting technological challenges and are deciding to partner up, Froehlich, said in an interview at the Los Angeles auto show last week. BMW is currently talking with two or three big automakers about joining the consortium, he said.

BMW has long been an advocate of collaboration among rival automakers in the race toward self-driving cars,

“We have a lot of traffic at the moment,” Froehlich said, referring to the number of companies expressing interest. “In 2015 to 2016, everybody thought he will make it; he will be superior.”