BMW vehicles will have level 3 autonomous driving tech by 2025
BMW has stated that it will bring Level 3 autonomous driving technology to some BMW models by the second half of 2025. The company also suggested that it could roll the technology out further, such as to Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles.
Level 3 autonomous driving technologies would enable the car to drive without you needing to use the steering wheel and would allow you to stop watching the road in certain situations. However, a human would need to be ready to take over if the system could no longer drive for some reason.
BMW is working with Qualcomm and Arriver on its autonomous driving technologies. The partnership began in late 2021, with the companies recently confirming their intent to form a long-term partnership.
The technologies include a Qualcomm Snapdragon Ride Vision system-on-a-chip and Arriver’s Computer Vision to create a scalable platform for BMW’s Automated Driving system. The platform will be based on a common reference architecture with sensor-set specifications and safety requirements.
It is unclear which models BMW intends to use the technology in first. BMW also mentioned that Level 4 capabilities could be on the horizon to give its vehicles fully autonomous driving, though the company gave no timescale for these.