BMW has unveiled more of its plans to make their cars more intelligent, but full autonomy is still far enough, according to board member Peter Schwarzenbauer.
Speaking at the company’s FIZ Research and Development centre, near Munich, Schwarzenbauer said that, although BMW future models – which will be connected to a vast cloud of real-time network security and the conduct of information – will be capable of Level 3 autonomy (where the car can take in certain circumstances, for example in slow-moving traffic on the highway, but the driver must be ready to resume control), he believes that “the company may not yet be ready for self-driving vehicles.
“The willingness of society to accept this? I do not believe that the company is prepared to hand responsibility of his life to a machine. We will go step by step. Level 3 will probably be acceptable, but anything more than that will take a lot of time,” said Schwarzenbauer, who is responsible for Mini and Rolls-Royce brands.
In the near future, however, BMW is betting that very detailed live driving information that will appeal to today’s more “practical” driver.
A significant amount of real-time data is generated by the cameras and sensors on the BMW connected cars, enabling the compilation of detailed information on local weather conditions, information about risks – like ice on the road – the live and the flow of information.
There are currently around 250 million queries per day generated by the 700 000 cloud-connected BMW cars already on the road.
This information is aggregated and made anonymous by BMW as a “back-end” server, and then sent to the rear in the bottom of the cloud to the other, connected to the Bmw.
Even more live information is added in the same connected Mercedes and Audi vehicles, which come in the open-platform mapping system, which is owned by the German big three.
It is unmatched today live information, with the super-accurate mapping, lidar (which is updated in real time), this could give the trio a significant lead in a complete autonomy of driving, whenever it is deemed ready for the market.
In all cases, the BMW engineers say that it is connected cars that will be much more safe, thanks to the level of driver information on the route ahead of time. This is already provided by more than 2 million vehicles, a figure that will increase exponentially.
BMW engineers are also working in collaboration with the specialist camera maker Mobileye on an artificial intelligence program that allows the windshield with a camera and the associated software for identifying approaching vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in milliseconds, as well as anticipate the likely trajectory of all the vehicles in front.
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