BMW opens development center for autonomous driving near Munich
January 3, 2017

The car industry is shifting gear from gas-powered motors to renewable energy, accelerating on new trends that will soon leave the oil industry in the dust as it coughs and sputters at its last breath. This isn’t news to anybody as Elon Musk will most surely attest to while his electric-powered Teslas sell like hotcakes and his spaceX project gathers more steam, paving the way for a straight line to Mars, and as early as 2020.     

And with Uber’s announcement that self-driving cars are being readied for takeoff and will soon be included on the menu, it’s time we all got to grips with this seemingly elusive technology, before we can really take that leap of faith, as it most certainly will soon be accessible to everyone.  

Main-players of the industry are readying themselves and have already made significant headway in this direction. BMW’s iNext will be the first of its kind. Scheduled for release in 2021, the unique specimen has been on the backburner for a long time coming and its release is expected to usher in an extensive line of “self-driving, electric and fully connected” vehicles by BMW. 

The development center, which is being set up in Munich suburb Unterschleissheim, builds on a long track record of vehicle connectivity and automated driving which BMW prides itself on, and will be designed to pool BMW’s expertise and various research units for self-driving expertise under one roof, to polish to a shine and roll out their first self-driving BMW onto the market in 2021. Inter-city testing in Munich, however, is expected to begin in 2017. 

Watch this space for updates! 

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by Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at 
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