Bosch's willingness to share information from the project is part of its strategy to increase available data for connected and autonomous driving technologies through partnerships, said Kay Stepper, head of driver assistance and automated driving at the supplier.
"What matters is specific traffic scenarios," Stepper said. "We need cross-industry collaboration to gather all that necessary data."
In an industry in which even a whiff of intellectual property theft can lead to a legal battle — such as the one settled last month between Uber and Waymo — sharing information that might lead to a groundbreaking innovation can be a lofty goal.
But with technology as complex as autonomous and connected driving, it may be the best way to succeed.
"It's very difficult for one company to have all the expertise," Jennifer Haroon, head of corporate development and business operations at self-driving startup Nauto, said at a Silicon Valley conference. "Those that are more open and have the talent to be able to integrate the best technologies and the best offerings that are out there are going to have an advantage."
Haroon, who led business operations at Waymo for nearly three years before joining Nauto, said companies need to find ways to partner on specific sets of data, such as maps, cybersecurity or human driving behavior, to develop an efficient and reliable product.
Though pooling information enables potential competitors, refusing to be a team player could lead companies to be excluded from projects such as the shipyard/Candlestick areas.
FivePoint's Bonner said, "We wanted to work with tech companies in the area, but they didn't want to share the data."