Autonomous Driving: the BMW Group sets a focus on Level 3 and 4

The Level of Autonomous driving are representative for a larger independence of the cars, and becoming less and less active cooperation of the driver. In the extreme case, called Level 5 of the driver is handy for a passenger on an automated Taxis, that brings him completely without any Effort on his part to any desired destination. Steering wheel or pedals needed in such a vehicle, nobody, which is why some manufacturers are already thinking intensively about new interior concepts without the driver’s workplace.

In the case of the BMW Group, one appreciates the desire of the customers seems to be a little different and has doubts that such Taxis are without a human driver compatible with the values of the brand. In an interview with automotive week has Elmar Frick stone, at BMW, responsible for the development of self-driving cars, now very clear. Accordingly, there has been no decision for or against the development of a Level 5 self-driving “robot car” by BMW, the focus of the development is instead on the Levels 3 and 4. What do the levels mean in concrete terms, this graph shows:

Even if the graphic shows, even at Level 5, a steering Wheel, is likely to look like the practice is often different: providers, such as Uber or Waymo, but also Daimler and Bosch to develop vehicles in accordance with Level 5 Autonomous and without a steering Wheel or pedals to get along. The “driverless automated Driving” in “robotaxi operation” and is Vice-Chairman of the trend for the total incapacitation of the driver, even in the case of temporary interest, there are no influence over.

In the case of BMW, it seems, so far, no interest in the development of such robots to have taxis. Instead, Frick, Stein announces the further development of systems in accordance with Level 3 and Level 4. In this context, Frick, stone also talks about the BMW iNext that will come into effect as of 2021 on the market. The announced Level-4 systems for Autonomous Driving will be developed are, apparently, first of all, not all, of the customers vehicles, but in the context of a test fleet to iNext-base.

The timeline for the series production of such systems Frick stone shifts considerably to the rear: “For a nationwide customer offer, we will still need many, many years. First, we must master complex conditions, such as London, Rome or Cairo.”

BMW says goodbye to the seemingly boundless optimism that has shown the Autonomous Driving on high Levels in the last few years, often as a promptly available System. But what, in relatively simple environments, such as motorways, are already working well, comes in the less city traffic, or in unusual situations, such as poorly marked construction sites.

More and more Sensors and stored information to make it a modern car to get an accurate picture of your environment. The range of the systems is, however, restricted to which, for example, large differences in speed on the highway problems. Also, it is sometimes difficult to predictable and often chaotic-looking behaviour of other road users are a Problem that can bring the self-driving technology.

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