CES 2017: Autonomous BMWs will be on the road in 2017

Slowly but surely, the German manufacturer BMW develops a technology for autonomous vehicle. The first cars should travel the US and European roads by the second half of 2017.

BMW making headway in the field of autonomous car. After having concluded a partnership last July with the Intel group and the MobilEye equipment manufacturer, the German manufacturer announces the deployment of 40 tests vehicles by the second half of 2017.

These cars will run in the US and Europe (at least in countries that allow road tests). The autonomous system is based on three types of sensors, cameras positioned around the vehicle, radar and Lidar sensors (laser remote sensing). This is a standard installation that can be found in the majority of competitors.

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The information will be managed and analyzed by the Intel Go platform which has the advantage of offering 5G connectivity. This will allow cars to communicate quickly with each other through a Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) protocol. The information exchanged will make it possible to prevent the vehicle and its driver in the case of an anomaly on the road.

BMW plans to market its first fully autonomous vehicle by 2021. It will certainly be the replacement of the current BMW 7 Series which is used in this test phase.

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