The partnership, which involves Intel and the Israeli computer vision company Mobileye, will create an open platform for the next generation of vehicles.
The companies will announce the news Friday at BMW’s headquarters in Munich.
BMW said the new iNEXT model will be the basis for future fleets of fully autonomous vehicles that will drive on both highways and in urban environments, which are far more challenging. A BMW spokesman said it expects a steering wheel and pedals to remain in the fully self-driving vehicle, in case the driver wants to be in control.
“With this technological leap forward, we are offering our customers a whole new level of sheer driving pleasure, whilst pioneering new concepts for premium mobility,” said BMW’s chairman Harald Kruger.