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BMW says self-driving car to be level 5 capable by 2021
March 16, 2017 / 2:02 PM / 9 months ago

BMW says self-driving car to be level 5 capable by 2021

BERLIN (Reuters) - German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) is on track to deliver a self-driving car by 2021, the company’s senior vice president for Autonomous Driving, Elmar Frickenstein, said on Thursday.

The logo of BMW is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

“We are on the way to deliver a car in 2021 with level 3, 4 and 5,” Frickenstein told a panel discussion in Berlin, explaining the vehicle will have different levels of autonomy, depending on how and where it is used.

A level 5 vehicle is capable of navigating roads without any driver input, while a level 3 car still needs a steering wheel and a driver who can take over if the car encounters a problem.

In July last year, BMW announced a partnership with Intel (INTC.O) and Mobileye MBLY.N to develop self-driving by around 2021.

Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Christoph Steitz

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