Autonomous BMWs to arrive in 2021

Three leaders from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries – BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye – are joining forces to bring solutions for  fully automated driving into series production by 2021.

The BMW iNEXT model – the follow up vehicle to the i3 and the i8 – will be the foundation for BMW Group’s autonomous driving strategy and, according to BMW, will set the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in urban environments for the purpose of automated ride-sharing solutions.

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The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are convinced that automated driving technologies will make travel safer and easier. The goal of the collaboration is to develop future-proofed solutions that enable the drivers to not only take their hands off the steering wheel but reach the so called ‘eyes off’ (level 3) and ultimately the ‘mind off’ (level 4) level, transforming the driver’s in-car time into leisure or work time.

This level of autonomy would enable the vehicle, on a technical level, to achieve the final stage of travelling ‘driver off’ (level 5) without a human driver inside. This establishes the opportunity for self-driving fleets by 2021 and lays the foundation for entirely new business models in a connected, mobile world.

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On July 1, 2016, the three partners were present at the BMW Group Headquarters in Munich to express their commitment to strive for an industry standard and define an open platform for autonomous driving. The common platform will address level 3 to level 5 automated driving and will be made available to multiple car vendors and other industries who could benefit from autonomous machines and deep machine learning.

Whether or not we want to start work whilst on the drive into the office remains to be seen, though!

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