BMWThe frequency of news stories about self driving cars continues to grow and it comes as no surprise to read stories about self driving BMW cars. In fact, ExtremeTech just published a story about BMWs self driving 5 series, detailing some of the finer points of the test drive:

BMW’s self-driving 5 Series is somewhat unique among the dozen automakers actively involved in autonomous driving: A civilian can be behind the wheel. The drive route covers high-speed freeways. And BMW actively plans to make the most of the free time afforded the drivers as well as the passengers.

On a test drive in Las Vegas, the car successfully negotiated Las Vegas freeways, and continued a video that the back seat occupant had started at home. The car even suggested restaurants based on dining preferences, and rendezvoused with an Amazon delivery van to pick up a just-ordered present for grandma.

BMW says its goal, like most other automakers, is to deliver cars to customers in 2021. The company says it will at least meet the SAE Level 3 specifications, meaning an automated system can handle all driving in some circumstances. BMW sees cars four years from now still needing a driver in circumstances such as heavy rain or snow, or in the densest traffic conditions.

Read the full article here: Hands on with BMW’s self-driving 5 Series

Here’s a video clip of a test drive. Very amazing if not a little bit scary, too!


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