Sci-(Non)Fi: Automated Cars

March 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

BMW i8 concept car

BMW and supplier Continental are predicting “partially automated cars by 2016, highly automated cars by 2020, and fully automated cars by 2025.”

Automated cars are nothing new, with Google’s self-driving car clocking over 300,000 miles and a race car at Stanford being two of the more notable examples.  But this announcement comes from BMW, whose latest product-of-the-future is its iSeries, which are not only eco-friendly, electric cars, but online.  From Fortune:

Its weight-saving carbon-fiber body is wrapped in layers of electronic services and smartphone apps designed to make life simpler and save time for the owner. Searching for a parking space? The i3 will help you find one at your destination — as well as arrange to rent out your space at home while you are gone. Need a charge for the lithium-ion batteries? Another feature locates the nearest charging station and arranges for an emergency boost if you can’t find it.

So by 2025, we’ll have transportation that you don’t have to drive and that is safe for the environment, and you won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or refilling on gas/power!

Isn’t that called taking the bus?




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