The Chief Executive of BMW has told his company’s AGM that the firm will have a fully autonomous vehicle on the road by 2021.
Valuewalk.com reports that Harald Krueger told shareholders, “In 2018, we will launch a BMW i8 Roadster. This will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i Next, our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road.”
The website continues that, currently, the German company is focused on its i electric car range, and thus, fully autonomous vehicles is a natural extension of this strategy. Krueger added that they already have a “well-defined goal of being the number one brand in autonomous driving and that vehicle safety and the security of customers’ personal data are their highest priorities”.
Valuewalk comments on recent reports suggesting that BMW’s parent company Daimler was in talks with Apple about a partnership on autonomous vehicles, but that the German firm reportedly turned down the deal as they could not come to a consensus on which of them would keep the data received from customers’ driving.
“As of now”, the site says, “it is hard to say how the i Next will look like, but BMW has given some hints about its future car in the form of its recently unveiled Vision Next 100 concept. BMW’s new car is a combination of athletic styling with innovative ideas like the reflective side windows to reduce heat from the sun, closed wheel arches for increased aerodynamics, and the use of recycled carbon for the body.”