It is quite exciting to some, and boring to others, that there is an evolution of driver less cars. One can think of nothing more exciting that cutting back on B-roads while on long motorway slogs, and others think that heel-toeing around a race track, is quite boring.
Recently, BMW invited us to test a driver less car that they have developed, on a long stretch of the Autobahn near Munich. Accelerating on its own, changing lanes and braking are some of the features that were notable in this vehicle. This concept is exciting, but also scaring when you think of the speeds at which drivers in Germany drive along the Autobahn.
The BMW 5-series is the first car to have this technology integrated into the car. Google says that BMW have worked hard to integrate everything that is needed into the vehicles bodywork. It is therefore very hard to tell the difference between the driver less version and the normal car, apart from extra slits in the body.
The interior of the vehicle is very different from the traditional version, and has a large computer screen that dominates the front of the passenger seat. The car uses a series of highly detailed road maps in order to keep it on the right position on the road. It also has integrated radar systems, which help it in managing to manoeuvre between other cars which are on the road.
If you want to drive along a new road, without having to touch the screen, you will have to manually drive the vehicle along the road so it can update its records of the area. This will allow you to drive it hands-free later. In Nurburgring, BMW has designed an accurate GPS system that allows the car to speed along the iconic racetrack. You can pay to drive the car and see exactly how the technology works.