BMW – Next 10 Years?

24/06/2016

BMW – Next 10 Years?

24/06/2016

BMW have recently maintained a focus on the Next 100 years, but where will we be in the next 10?

When a “decade is a veritable eternity” in the automotive industry, it may seem inconceivable to imagine the future advancements of technology; however, Andrew Furse (BMW Technology Manager) has given his opinion on what he expects to be commonplace on our roads in 2026.

BMW is already extremely progressive in terms of technology, with the current BMW 7 Series “capable of self-steering on the autobahn and stayed centered in a lane at speeds up to 130pmh”, as well as allowing you to “take your hands of the wheel for up to 15 seconds”; but where can it go from here?

• "Automated overtaking, using the indicator to request an overtake carried out by the car, is likely by 2026”

• “As for the ultimate goal of fully hands-off automated driving by 2026, Furse thinks that may be possible in certain circumstances – you may be able to make a video call, browse the internet or compose emails for a short period.”

• “By 2026 [Furse] thinks it likely that BMW HUDs may be capable of picking out pedestrians and other hazards, and highlighting them on the windscreen via some fairly radical augmented reality tech.”

• "The general trend will be towards more electrification," Furse reckons, including electric cars with longer operating ranges”