MW’S electri cation strategy is already under way. We’ve seen the company’s i brand launch production models, the i3 and i8, with an additional i3 variant, dubbed the S, recently bolstering the range. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW unveiled what could be the third model in the i family. For now, the all-electric model is referred to as i vision Dynamics, but it could well be a future i5/i6. The fourdoor model ts in neatly between the hatchback i3 and sportscar i8.
BMW sees autonomous driving as the real game changer in the automotive world, according to Elmar Frickenstein, senior vice president of autonomous driving at the BMW Group. His sentiments were echoed by his counterpart, Robert Irlinger, who currently heads up the company’s i division, “INEXT 2021, which prepares us for full autonomous driving, is the Group’s next big project. It is the real big step in the automotive world after electri cation.”
For BMW, the story of mobility has changed fundamentally. Electri cation was a small step, but autonomous driving is going to be big. By 2021, BMW plans to offer level-three autonomous cars. Level three refers to highly automated driving, but without handing over complete control. Frickenstein says the earliest we will see any form of level-four autonomy (total control to the machine) will be 2021 and then only in three or four carefully selected cities around the world.
According to Frickenstein, hundreds of millions of kilometres worth of accident-free simulation