The German car maker BMW plans to put a test fleet of 40 autonomous vehicles on the roads by the second half of 2017 as part of its alliance announced this summer with the US Intel and Israeli Mobileye groups.
The tests will be conducted worldwide, starting with the US and Europe, with BMW 7 Series saloons equipped with technologies developed by Intel and Mobileye, announced the three companies Wednesday in Las Vegas on the eve Of the opening of the CES technology fair.
The future of BMW is already underway since the brand has started a partnership with Intel and Mobileye, two major players in autonomous driving. This year, BMW will put into practice its 40 Series 7 rides that will ride on American and European roads, without driver action. The German brand intends to be a major player in autonomous driving and does not leave terrain to names like Tesla, which already offers the Autopilot for a long time.
For the time being, BMW is not clear whether these large roads will also go to urban areas (although the term “urban” is mentioned by the manufacturer as part of the capabilities of its system), but BMW is well on its way to testing Its technology in real conditions.
It should be remembered that BMW has set an important date to mark the break: 2021. This will be the year of launch of iNEXT, a stand-alone electric vehicle, the first of the brand. BMW then intends to decline autonomous driving on most models in the catalog.