BMW Group, Intel and computer vision maker Mobileye today announced they will collaborate to create a fleet of about 40 autonomous BMW vehicles that will hit U.S. and European roads by the second half of 2017.

The pilot project is aimed at demonstrating advances the three companies have made in technology that enables fully self-driving vehicles.

The BMW 7 Series will be used as the initial platform for Intel processor and Mobileye computer vision technology during the global trials.

Mobileye, an Israeli technology company, is a leader in developing both software and proprietary computer chip technology (EyeQ) to support vision-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that provide warnings for collision prevention and mitigation.

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