BMW does not want scares: its autonomous technology will not be ready until 2021
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 30, 2017
The Bavarian firm celebrated its centenary with an idyllic project to show how it imagines mobility in 100 years. Vision Next seemed surreal to us: vehicles as day-to-day companions, who will pick you up and greet you, take over driving control ... But BMW has made it clear recently that it has its feet on the ground and that it does not it has left to drag by the vortex of the autonomous technology.
As reported by Automotive News, BMW's vice president of autonomous driving projects, Klaus Buettner, has stated that the German firm will spend the next few years working with suppliers and testing prototypes to ensure a safe autonomous system at high speeds. And that will not happen at least until 2021 with the iNext and the i5 as banners.
BMW does not want to be left behind and is aware of the brutal competition from manufacturers like Tesla. To combat it, they announced their intentions to beat the prodigal son of Elon Musk with the BMW i5, a large sedan whose dimensions would be placed between below a Series 5 and above a Series 3, with four doors and coupe line.
The BMW i Vision Dynamics, meanwhile, will be positioned between the existing BMW i3 and BMW i8, and will debut a level 3 autonomous driving with the possibility of reaching levels 4 and 5 later. But to reach this the German automaker has some years working with suppliers and testing prototypes to ensure the introduction of a system that can operate at high speeds in most situations driving on the road.
Recall that the new Audi A8 will become from 2018 on the first car of the brand with fully automated features such as the Audi AI traffic jam pilot. This artificial intelligence will take full control of the car in traffic jams up to 60 km / h on highways, controlling the start, stop, accelerator, brake and steering.
These high speeds are around 128 km / h; The system should be able to make decisions such as changing lanes by itself. The technology used in this fleet of tests will be used for the development of future public autonomous driving systems and will be the basis of the hardware and software of the i5.
In addition, BMW plans to implement level 3 autonomous driving with the iNext electric crossover on the magic date: 2021. Meanwhile, it plans to deploy a fleet of 100 autonomous Series 7 test vehicles. Forty of the vehicles will be operating worldwide for end of the year, and the rest will be on track in 2019.
In a consortium with German rivals Audi and Daimler, BMW jointly owns Here, a navigation provider that builds high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles. These maps will be critical for the operation of vehicles from level 3 onwards. It also plans to deploy Tier 4 and Tier 5 vehicles in shared fleets, but has yet to announce a partnership with a transportation service such as Uber or Lyft, as Ford has recently done.
And this summer it was confirmed that the alliance led by BMW, Intel and Mobileye since 2016 has FCA as a new partner to share the high costs of the development of autonomous technology from level 3 to 5. However, as stated by the boss from the BMW technology office, Simon Euringer, the non-exclusive collaboration has advantages and disadvantages, since Intel also supplies chips for Waymo (Google).