Companies, competing in the lucrative luxury car market, announced Thursday a strategic partnership focused on highly automated and autonomous driving.
Michael Hafner, an executive working on autonomous driving at Mercedes-Benz, said the two projects were complementary.
"The field of activity is completely different, but the partner is the same and the motivations at least similar," he wrote in a blog post regarding Thursday's announcement.
Closer cooperation between German companies is the latest example of partnerships between well-established car manufacturers to share the costs of developing new technologies, including autonomous driving systems.
Hafner said the alliance was logical because automated driving "would radically transform our industry – and because in the long run we would not only be stronger, but also more efficient as partners.
The companies indicated that they would initially focus on driver assistance systems, automated highway driving and parking devices. They signed a memorandum of understanding.
Other world manufacturers have also joined forces.