BMW Targets 2020 for Self-Driving Cars

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
Research project Highly automated driving on highways (08/2011)

BMW and automotive supply company Continental are teaming up to develop an autonomous driving system that both outfits would like to see on public roads by 2020.

Pursuing the goal of accident-free mobility, BMW and Continental are beginning a joint project that will run from early 2013 to late 2014, in which they will design and build prototypes of near-production autonomous vehicles. These prototypes will be put to the test on German and European roads, and will take into account intersections, toll stations, roadwork and national borders.

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“With our vision of highly automated driving, we are already developing the technologies and methodologies for a range of cutting-edge driver assistance systems. Partially automated driving functions of the near future, like the Traffic Jam Assistant, will mark an important step on the road to highly automated driving,” says Dr. Christoph Grote, head of BMW Group research and technology.

In 2011, BMW ran a prototype autonomous vehicle on the A9 motorway between Munich and Nuremberg, with no driver intervention.

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