BMW is to Prepare Stock Cars with Autopilot for 2020
BMW expects for unmanned vehicles to appear on the market in 2020. This was reported on March 18 at an annual report conference by Klaus Froehlich, a board of directors’ representative and the manager of the compact and mid-sized models department.
According to Froehlich, legal issues related to insurance and responsibility are one of the main issues impeding with the appearance of offline control systems on stock cars.
Currently, the official use of cars with autopilot on the road permission from authorities is owned by such companies, as Google and Mercedes-Benz in the USA, Volvo in Sweden, and Nissan in the United Kingdom. Besides, a part of the Germany’s A9 main that goes from Berlin to Munich is going to be adapted for trials of autonomous vehicles.
BMW develops its own autopilot system together with Continental. In 2009, the first car of the brand made a circle on the Nurburgring north loop, and in 2011 – on the Laguna Seca autodrome. Also, a 5-Series sedan drove the distance from Munich to Nurnberg in a completely automatic mode, while a 2-Series coupe learned driving in the controlled drift without driver’s participation.
Honda was another company intending to start releasing a car series with autopilot. Head of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, predicted that the first such cars will already go out on the roads in 2018.