BMW to launch its first self-driving car in 2021
Last Friday at BMW's shareholder meeting, CEO Harald Krueger announced that the company is getting prepared to launch its first self-driving car in 2021 to follow the launch of the BMW i8 roadster in 2018.
The BMW i NEXT, scheduled for launch five years from now, will not only be a self-driving car but also an intelligent driving assistant that will heighten your senses.
Designers have already demonstrated what BMW’s future looks like by recently showcasing the Vision Next 100 Concept (pictured above). The German carmaker's latest concept features cutting-edge technology, whilst innovation extends to the materials used including recycled carbon for the body, closed wheel arches for improved aerodynamics, plus reflective side windows to reduce heat from the sun.
BMW is of the brands that always embraced future. They seem really interested in the self-driving car industry, and the fact that they acquired (along with Audi & Mercedes) Nokia’s HERE map technology last August proves a lot.
"In 2018, we will launch a BMW i8 Roadster. This will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i NEXT, our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road" announced Krueger.
We only have but to wait what future will bring, and how will the production car will look like.