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Self-driving cars and digitization, mobility is on the threshold of a new era. The semi-automated systems (level 2) necessary for autonomous driving are already a reality, while systems for mass-producing self-driving cars (level 3) are in development, representing a quantum leap in technology. This will make possible a mobile office or living room as .
BMW Takes Self-Driving to the Next Level
After concentrating so intently on yourself and your surroundings, you can just let yourself go knowing that your self-driving BMW has everything under control. Family picnics in the family car. There is still some debate over whether breakfast is the important meal of Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins.
BMW to make limited self-driving available in 2021
BMW is currently developing a redesign for its 7-Series. The new flagship sedan is due in the second half of , meaning we’ll likely see it arrive as a model. BMW has been quiet on its plans for the car apart from it having a battery-electric variant, which the automaker will likely christen the i7.
It will be ready to go at the launch of the 7-Series. The system is expected to be designed for highway driving. Frank Weber Unfortunately, U. One issue, which regulations in Europe, for example, already account for, is shifting liability to the automaker in the case of an accident caused by a car operating in self-driving mode.
Level 3 is a reference to the SAE scale of self-driving capability. It means a car that can handle itself in set conditions, enabling the driver to let go of the steering wheel and even look away from the road briefly. However, it still requires the driver to be ready to take back control at a moment’s notice. This is because a Level 4 car can come to a safe stop if the driver fails to take back control when required.
A Level 4 car can even operate without a driver within its set conditions, for example within a geofenced area. This is the level Waymo’s self-driving taxis operate. The ultimate goal is a Level 5 car. This is a car that can operate to the same ability as a human. Launched earlier this year, the system can handle some traffic jams and highway driving on its own, but only in Japan.
Audi also briefly offered a Level 3 self-driving system on its A8 that could handle traffic jams. Other automakers are sticking to Level 2 systems for now, including Tesla. Level 2 systems require constant monitoring from the driver, and thus are regarded as driver-assist features and not true self-driving systems, i.
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