Future Fender Bender: BMW's Self-Driving Car

January 25, 2012


WHAT THE -- 10 and 2 you crazy f***!

Seen here doing his best 'supervillain scheming to take over the world', a man demonstrates an autonomous BMW that can drive itself on roads that have been previously mapped by the car's manufacturer. That way you can just sit back, relax and...text? Oh right, like actually having to drive has ever stopped you.

BMW's self-autonomous system uses four types of sensors, radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasound distance sensors and can even change lanes to zoom past a slowpoke car.

The BMW team created special algorithms to handle every situation and uses the car's position in pre-mapped highways to navigate and the location of other cars to avoid.

Admittedly, yes, eventually we'll all have cars that drive themselves. I just, you know, don't want the first model. "The one that used to drive itself off cliffs" they'll call it in the future.

Hit the jump for a brief demo on the Autobaun followed by a lot of talking and looking at computer simulations. If you can only watch one video at work today I'd say pass on this one.

BMW Is Making Cars That Drive Themselves [gizmodo]

Thanks to Alexander K., who agrees a human chauffeur would be cooler plus make you look fancy!

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