This is of course a trick headline – we’re actually talking about a BMW machine getting Level 5 SAE autonomous technology in time for the 2021 bracket, as the company has officially revealed its intentions.
BMW has been developing autonomous technology for some time and it comes as no surprise the Bavarian firm has revealed its first-ever fully self-driving vehicle will arrive on the market in 2021. Elmar Frickenstein, the senior vice president for autonomous driving, has announced the vehicle will be inscribed in the Level 3, 4, and 5 autonomy categories, depending on the usage pattern and place of driving. “We are on the way to deliver a car in 2021 with Level 3, 4 and 5,” commented during a speech in Berlin. This comes on the back of last July’s announcement of a collaboration with Intel and Mobileye, which should pave the way towards fleets of fully autonomous vehicles that can be used by ride-sharing services. The fruit of their collaboration was for example the autonomous 5 Series concept displayed in January at CES.
BMW explains that at Level 3, drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel, but can also “reach the so called ‘eyes off’ and ultimately the ‘mind off’ at Level 4,” which allows for the car’s time to be transformed into “leisure or work time.” At Level 5, the machine doesn’t even need a driver to be inside, as all operations are completely automated.
Via Automotive News