BMW bets on 5G to boost autonomous driving
At the Las Vegas CES, German carmaker group BMW presented its vision of the self-driving car of tomorrow. The concept EASE helps the driver to get around by monitoring his eyes and analyzing its surroundings. BMW also declared that the future iNext generation cars to be launched in 2021 will be equipped with 5G to help level 3 autonomous driving.
“Our vision of tomorrow’s mobility is one of an immersive experience thanks to new technologies, notably 5G,” declared Klaus Fröhlich, member of BMW’s management committee in charge of R&D. At the Las Vegas CES, the Bavarian group presented EASE, a concept car dedicated to studying the human-car interaction.
BMW already pioneered some interaction technologies, like the first iDrive control knob, voice command, and, lately, gesture control. With EASE, the carmaker goes one step further by monitoring the driver’s eyes. It gathers all data linked to it and compiles it with the car’s surroundings.
The technology’s aim is to ease the interaction between the driver and the machine and offer an immersive experience to control all the car’s functions.
Apart from their concept, BMW also dropped a big bombshell. The Bavarian group will massively invest in 5G. Indeed, even the new iNext generation of vehicles to be launched in 2021 will be equipped with the technology.
While BMW feels that the fully autonomous car isn’t happening tomorrow, 5G will undoubtedly help to bring reliable level 3 autonomous driving on the roads. Now, the only thing that BMW needs is proof of real client demand to justify its enormous investments.