BMW Takes Self-Driving to the Next Level
For a while there, the future of driving looked awfully robotic, like our streets were just a few years from hosting hordes of soul-sucked pods, nary a steering wheel or pedal to be seen. But while Waymo, Cruise, Uber and other outfits working to dump the human driver have struggled to deliver commercially viable fleets of robotaxis, their legacy competitors—automakers—have stuck to an evolutionary approach, where the robot gradually takes on more and more of the work. So far, that work has produced systems like Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac Super Cruise, which work the pedals and steering, and require the human to pay constant attention and remain ready to take control at a moment’s notice.
Next year, though, BMW will take the next big step forward, letting its human customers stop worrying about the road by giving the robot a firmer grip on the wheel.
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