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BMW Has Built a Self-Drifting M235i

Fully autonomous 2 and 6 Series models introduced at CES.

BMW plans to make cars fully autonomous by 2020. To that end, the carmaker has revealed a new autonomous driving assistant system at the Consumer Electronics Show, where it showcased the new tech on a 2 Series and 6 Series GranCoupe. BMW claims it has taken one more step to making “accident-free mobility” a reality. As well as enabling cars to cruise along the motorway without the need for driver input, the advanced system can also control the car in a range of different driving situations.

As demonstrated on the M235i Coupe, the cutting-edge autonomous driving assistant system can actively intervene in the driving process by operating steering, acceleration and brakes, independent of the driver.

Prototypes have been tested and successfully executed precise slalom runs, evaded obstacles at speed and controlled deliberate oversteer slides. A future where drivers will be able to check emails while changing lanes at 100 mph is upon us. BMW aims to have a fleet trial for “highly automated driving” by 2015, and mass-produced motorway-based autonomous cars by the end of the decade. The foundation and technology is in place, all that's needed is a change in legislation in the Geneva Convention, which states that drivers must be in control of their vehicles at all times. Will lawmakers play ball? That's a question we'll answer on another day.

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