BMW has been developing autonomous car tech for the past several years, most of which can now be seen on the current-gen 7-series sedan. But now, the German automotive marque has decided to develop a fully-autonomous vehicle, which will be introduced by the year 2021. In order to achieve this goal, BMW has joined hands with the artificial intelligence and IT service provider – Intel, and an autonomous monitoring system development company – Mobileye.
BMW has chalked-out a multi-stage plan in the journey to develop a fully-autonomous vehicle. The automaker, along with Intel and Mobileye, will be working on different levels of vehicular automation. Under Level 3, the driver would be able to give the driving control to the car in certain situations, like while driving on the highways. Level 4 will include the car taking control in extreme weather conditions, while Level 5 will handle all autonomous functions, which include drop-off, pick-up and self-parking capabilities without any driver intervention.
BMW plans to earn most of their revenue by offering rides in these autonomous vehicles, rather than selling the cars to individuals. The company also hopes to establish an open platform for the autonomous vehicle technology, so that other manufacturers can use BMW’s learnings and technologies to build their own cars.