BERLIN -- Continental said on Tuesday it would join a self-driving platform developed by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye with the German supplier 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 said in a statement that 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," CEO Elmar Degenhart said.
Last year, BMW joined forces with U.S. chipmaker Intel and Mobileye, the Israeli vision system and mapping expert, on the self-driving platform, which is targeted for production in 2021. U.S. parts maker Delphi Automotive has since joined the tie-up.
In April, Germany's Daimler formed a similar alliance with supplier Robert Bosch to speed development of self-driving vehicles.