Last week, leading media publications covered the historic event where Audi and Mercedes-Benz made headlines for receiving permits to test autonomous cars on California’s expressways and neighborhoods. It seems that BMW too has plans to test its fleet of cars, but someplace else, somewhere across the continent perhaps. BMW yesterday revealed plans to begin testing self-driving cars in China. To keep up to its rivals, BMW had been testing its technology in Europe for past few years.
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BMW fleets of autonomous cars are capable of exceptionally automated driving and have as of now undergone several thousand of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. On Monday, BMW revealed that the venture will now be extended to incorporate other large cities in China. BMW’s prototype models will at first be operated on urban roadways in Beijing and Shanghai.
"BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well," the Munich-based automaker said in a statement.
"China's fast-expanding urban centers present the engineers with challenges such as multi-level highways."
The trail will run for the following two years and incorporate various prototypes. BMW's models depend on computerized maps, GPS, and radar and cam sensors for their control. Currently autonomous driving is done in expressway situations only. Continental has been one of BMWs key partners in the development of its driverless cars.
BMW, like all other automotive giants sees autonomous driving as an approach to diminish accidents, basically by dispensing with human error. It is anticipated by industry leaders that autonomous driving will also improve comfort as well as efficiency. Currently BMW needs a partner to keep the semi-autonomous driving functions of the cars efficient, and also to measure decisively when they are in dangers of hitting somewhere or missing a turn.
Cars made today have very less memory to store detailed maps of an entire country, hence automakers are collaborating with various internet providers and telecom giants to download detailed maps.
China’s largest search engine Baidu is a supplier of map services and cloud services.