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BMW “leading connected car race”

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A new survey of 200 automotive executives by KPMG suggests that BMW is the leader in terms of connectivity and self-driving features.

Nearly 25% of those questioned went to the German automaker, followed by Daimler (which controls Mercedes-Benz) at 16% and General Motors at 12%.

Business Insider reports that Tesla received just 10% of the vote despite its release of numerous connected car features in the last few years and the general perception that the electric car maker is one of their premier companies for connected vehicles.

Google, which is attempting to get a fully autonomous car on the road in the next few years, only received 0.5% of the vote.

Approximately 95% of new BMWs shipped have embedded SIM cards, according to the company’s latest annual report.  Connected Drive, the company’s connected car system, has been a major point of focus for BMW and is currently available in 45 markets and 18 nations.

“Connectivity is one of the major trends in our industry,” said Harald Kruger, BMW’s Chairman of the Board of Managements, in the report.  “Vehicles, their drivers, and their environment will be even more closely connected in the future. The next logical step is highly and then fully automated driving.”

Connected cars are growing in popularity, but self-driving and fully autonomous vehicles could become the norm in just a few years as more companies push for.

(Picture – Business Insider)

 
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