BMW aims to launch a self-driving car by 2021, but there are still many obstacles on the way to achieving Level 4 and Level 5 automation, which require little to no human intervention. BMW brand sales chief Ian Robertson has had a close-up look at the automaker's solutions for providing fully autonomous driving. He shared some insights during a recent interview with Automotive News Europe Associate Publisher and Editor Luca Ciferri and Correspondent Christiaan Hetzner.
How different will the BMW iNext production car be from the Vision Next 100 concept study?
The iNext is a completely different car. The Vision Next 100 is just that -- a vision vehicle that shows what we think might be technically possible over the next couple of decades.
Will the iNext offer Level 4 autonomous driving from the start?
It will, but how we deliver that in each market and every circumstance is dependent on many factors. However, we do believe that the technical capability and maturity will be available at that time.