BMW unveiled at CES an autonomous BMW 5 Series. The company believes that by 2021 they will be able to release to the market a fully autonomous vehicle.
The 5 Series uses the data collected by the sensors and a digital map, with its computer managing to drive the car autonomously. The driver has the ability to pass to the car his schedule with his upcoming meetings and the car is able to calculate the optimal route, suggesting even departure times based on traffic conditions.
This information is checked by a service that BMW calls Open Mobility Cloud and acts as an intelligent data management system, allowing passengers to enjoy their trip through the infotainment system, which, when the vehicle goes into standalone mode, accesses a variety of applications such as Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Prime Now. If passengers choose to see a movie, then the car lowers the lighting of the cabin.
Also the car features the Robot Valet Parking system, that allows it to itself, with the driver being able to summon it as well, through an application for smartphones.
BMW announced that in the second half of the year they will start testing with 40 autonomous cars on public roads in Europe and the USA. Most of them will be based on the 7 series and will be equipped with Intel’s systems and Mobileye. The aim of the tests is to collect data that will be used in the process of developing autonomous functions that will go in production by 2021.
BMW also presented a special application for smartphones, which makes use of 3D augmented reality. The app will initially be offered only at dealerships that sell the i3 and i8, with prospective clients to be able to see through their mobile phone, 3D renderings of cars, both externally and internally.