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‘Safe’ And Fully Autonomous Vehicle Inext To Be Launched By BMW By 2021

‘Safe’ And Fully Autonomous Vehicle Inext To Be Launched By BMW By 2021
The future for the portfolio of cars for BMW is expected to be different from what its current form as the company attempts to add more of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and full-fledged all-electric cars in the near future.
However, the R&D efforts of the luxury car maker is not only limited to creating electric cars. BMW also aims to become a global leader in the development and manufacturing of driverless car technology. That would be a perfect fit for the ethos of the company other than building cars – which is technological innovation.
“For us, electric mobility is already the new normal. Therefore, with BMW, we take on the next challenge,” said Klaus Frolich, BMW Group’s chief executive of development during his introduction of the BMW Vision iNext Concept. “With the BMW iNext, you will soon see, we will offer safe, autonomous driving for our customers, by 2021. And our vision is clear, we want to be a leader too.”
It is accepted by most analysts – and not admitted by most automakers, that the current era of development of autonomous vehicles was triggered by Tesla when the US based electric car maker implemented a semi-autonomous capable “Autopilot” system in the production for its electric cars. Through froth with controversy, Tesla was the one which pioneered the trend of electrification and autonomous driving technology becoming the two biggest current trends in the current automobile industry through its Autopilot and its electric vehicles.
“We have been researching autonomous driving since 2006. But the challenges to overcome in autonomous driving are enormous,” Frolich continued. “What’s available with our offerings, especially level four and level five, will strongly depend on legal and regulatory premises worldwide. Despite this development, the joy of self-driving remains a part of our brand’s core.”
A rating on the degree of intensity and involvement of autonomous driving technology when it is functional is being carried out by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since the last few years. Classification of driverless technology is made possible through the rating which was created by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE),.
The rating happens on a scale of zero to five where zero denotes that the vehicle has no autonomous tech and driving the vehicle requires a total driver involvement. On the other hand, five denotes use of complete autonomous technology where there is absolutely no need for driver involvement in any manner. Those ratings between zero and five represent those driving technologies that are semi-autonomous like driver and safety assistance systems.
The concept of personal and individually driven transportation is essentially turned upside down by revolutionary nature of the self-driving technology. However, a lot more needs to be done from both a political and regulatory standpoint before self-driving cars can takeover as mainstream. And the technology behind creation of self driving cars also needs to be perfected which is not the case currently.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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