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Magna's driverless platform will accommodate level 4 autonomous driving (Photo: Magna) 

Magna International will unveil its MAX4 autonomous driving platform at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA), underlining how automotive suppliers plan to play a crucial role in the transformation of the car industry.

The Canadian supplier, one of the world's largest, said its platform is a fully integrated, customizable and scalable architecture that can enable level 4 autonomous driving. Level 4 means a car can drive autonomously even if a driver isn't capable of intervening.

Magna and the other top 5 automotive suppliers - Robert Bosch, Continental, Denso and ZF -  want to be the primary systems integrators for the auto industry, combining their own technologies as well as components and systems built by other technology providers.

"At the heart of this development is a desire to show the market Magna's breadth of capabilities," Magna CTO Swamy Kotagiri said in a press release.

He added that MAX4 will allow carmakers to develop production-ready technologies that can be implemented "when the market is ready."

Magna said one of its goals was to simplify the way drivers interact with autonomous driving systems. The supplier has, for that purpose, developed a cruise-control-like user interface that is operated by pressing a button.