BMW Self-Driving 5 Series Sedan to Compete in Luxury SDC Market

By: | February 23rd, 2017

BMW Driver Free Cars

BMW Driver Free Cars Research project Highly automated driving on highways – Dr. Nico Kämpchen on a test drive (Image Courtesy

The BMW 5 Series Sedan prototype arrived at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas with people wondering if it was the “ultimate self-driving machine.” The BMW 5 Series is the 7th generation 5 Series automobile and is a transformation of the traditional automobile into a vehicle that provides some of the comforts of home.

The BMW 5 Series self-driving prototype includes advanced connectivity and self-driving technology including advanced cruise control, lane keeping assist, and autonomous operation in the right circumstances. In certain locations and at certain speeds, the autonomous driving system will take control of steering, braking, and accelerating.

During 2017, BMW will deploy its self-driving 5 series fleet for testing in the US and Europe. Once the 5 Series is available to the public, it will compete directly with Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar XF which both have autonomous driver functionality, more space, and similar advanced technologies.

The new BMW 5 Series is 137 pounds lighter than previous BMW models while being slightly bigger in size. According to BMW engineers, this will result in improved aerodynamics and a sleeker and more luxurious automobile.

Following is a video demonstration of a BMW 5 Series 2017 self-driving car.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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