VW, BMW consider more cooperation efforts for self-driving cars

Volkswagen and BMW remain open to teaming up with more manufacturers and software providers worldwide to share the huge cost of developing self-driving cars and boost economies of scale for a nascent technology that is set to play a key role in future mobility.

“VW is pursuing the approach of an open platform to include as many partners as possible,” VW said Wednesday in an emailed statement. Strategic partners and a broad network is essential to success, it said, without giving details.

VW CEO Herbert Diess is one of the key drivers behind a plan to join forces with German peers Daimler and BMW, as well as parts suppliers Robert Bosch and Continental, Manager Magazin reported Wednesday. A decision on forging a German alliance for autonomous driving might be made in March, according to the report.