Autonomous fleet of BMWs set for the road in 2017

Partnership between BMW, Intel and Mobileye develops ‘scalable’ autonomous technology

BMW, in partnership with Intel and Mobileye, will have 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road later this year.

The three companies began working together in the summer of 2016 and since then have developed an autonomous driving technology that’s ready to be tested in cars, including the BMW 7 Series, this year.

BMW says the technology is a ‘scalable architecture’, which is significant because it means other manufacturers and technology firms will be able to buy certain parts for their own autonomous systems, or a complete version if they wish.

While testing will start this year, a fully autonomous BMW won’t hit the road until the turn of the next decade. Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management for development at BMW, said: “This year, our fleet of vehicles will already test this joint technology globally under real traffic conditions. This is a significant step towards the introduction of the BMW iNEXT in 2021, which will be the BMW Group’s first fully autonomous vehicle.”

The partnership between the three companies brings together Intel’s expertise in computer processing, Mobileye’s vision processor and BMW’s ability to integrate the technology with driving control and dynamics, and produce complete prototypes.

BMW will continue to work with Mobileye to develop a ‘sensor fusion solution’ that’ll create a complete model of the environment around a car to go with a driving policy, which together will give it the information and intelligence to drive itself safely out on the open road.

The iNEXT will be the first fully autonomous BMW when it arrives in 2021 and is likely to exist as a showcase for the technology available on conventional BMW models. BMW says we can expect ‘a range of highly automated models from all BMW Group brands’ after the iNEXT has been launched.

Recommended

Your complete BMW car configurator guide
BMW M4 configurator
BMW
8 Sep 2021

Your complete BMW car configurator guide

BMW iX5 Hydrogen SUV will have 369bhp
BMW iX5 Hydrogen - front 3/4 dynamic (right)
BMW
17 Aug 2021

BMW iX5 Hydrogen SUV will have 369bhp

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000
Honda Civic Type R front
Toyota
12 Aug 2021

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000

What is BMW ConnectedDrive?
BMW ConnectedDrive
BMW
3 Aug 2021

What is BMW ConnectedDrive?

Most Popular

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks