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iNEXT Self-Driving Car Coming by 2021

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What’s Next? BMW Chief Say iNEXT

Harald Krueger, CEO of Bavarian Motor Works, told investors at a recent shareholder meeting that the company will have a self-driving car by 2021. Called the BMW iNEXT, the luxury vehicle will continue the “i” brand as the first vehicle that can go from Point A to Point B without a driver. Kreuger said the car is “our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior, and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road.” Head to Chapman BMW and you can test drive the i3 and i8, an electric and hybrid vehicle that are proving the technology for years to come.

Next Step is to Update i8

As BMW works through the progression towards creating a self-driving vehicle, the next step will be to increase the range and lower the weight of the i8, as well as add an open-air roadster configuration for 2018. The i8 unleashes the power of a twin turbo gas engine and electric motor combined, taking you from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph, which is aided by the aerodynamic design of the body and a rear wing that provides significant downforce to help you hold the road. The engine and transmission work in conjunction with a design tested to minimize drag to deliver up to 76 MPGe fuel efficiency with a total range of 330 miles.

Sustainable Materials Part of i3 Build

The BMW i3 electric vehicle is a testament to engineering and design, with the interior consisting of more than 25 percent of natural sustainable resources. From the open pore wood dashboard to the olive leaf leather, the i3 cockpit is about as green as you can get while still providing a luxurious, sophisticated feel. Extensive use of carbon fiber in the shell of the i3 makes it one of the lightest cars on the road, yet still one of the strongest. The navigation system in the i3 is a precursor to the one that will eventually make self-driving cars a reality. The Range Assistant takes not only your route into account, but also your battery level, the way you drive, how many hills are between you and your destination and the amount of traffic before deciding on the best route. See just how far technology has become by checking out both the i3 and i8 at Chapman BMW.

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