German carmaker BMW has joined up with the world's largest chipmaker Intel and and Israel based autonomous driving system provider Mobileye to help bring autonomous onto the roads by 2021.
BMW had earlier this year introduced the car as the i-Next. Other cars in the i-range include the i8 hybrid sports car and the i3 all-electric hatchback.
BMW will use Intel and Mobileye's know how to help develop the self-driving capabilities of the car and hopes that the resultant vehicle's autonomous capabilities would help it develop fleets of unmanned vehicles that would operate safely in both urban and highway driving conditions.
The goal of the collaboration between the trio is to develop future-proofed solutions that enable the drivers to not only take their hands off the steering wheel but reach the so-called "eyes off" and ultimately the "mind off" level which would allow drivers to use the time spent in the car for leisure or work.
This level of autonomy would enable the vehicle, on a technical level, to achieve the final stage of traveling "driver off" without a human driver inside.
BMW, Intel and Mobileye have pledged to make the results of their research available to carmakers and other industries who could benefit from autonomous machines and deep machine learning.
So are you ready for the Ultimate Self-Driving Machine?