On the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, autonomy and electrification have been the highlights of the present. I’m undecided there’s been a correct auto present that pushed each matters greater than this 12 months’s Frankfurt present within the historical past of the car. Electrical automobiles have been no shock, although, we’ve seen numerous EV ideas over time. It was the fully-autonomous automobiles that stood out most. Not simply their presence, although, however their implementation. In Frankfurt, a number of automotive firms debuted autonomous ideas utterly devoid of conventional interplay gadgets. Which means no pedals and no steering wheel.
The Audi Aicon was one of many extra stunning automobiles to debut with none means of really controlling the automotive. Audi is a model with historic motorsport pedigree, so the truth that it might create a automotive with none technique of driver management is stunning. One model that received’t go down that street is BMW.
In response to the Bavarians, there’ll by no means be a BMW offered within the foreseeable future that lacks the flexibility for a driver to really drive. Jalopnik not too long ago spoke with BMW i model Robert Irlinger in Frankfurt about this very topic. In response to Irlinger, BMW doesn’t “have any plans of eradicating steering wheels or pedals from the automobiles at the moment.”
Whereas it’s unattainable to say such a factor won’t ever occur, as we simply can’t predict the longer term automotive panorama, there isn’t a plan to take action any time quickly. Which is nice as a result of I believe I can communicate for lots of people, each automotive fanatics and non fanatics, after I say I by no means need to be in a automobile that doesn’t at the least supply a human the flexibility to take over. BMW desires to create autonomous capabilities and have automobiles that may utterly drive themselves. However the place the driving force can take over in the event that they need to.
Plus, BMWs are supposed to be pushed. They’re meant to be pushed exhausting. And the thought of a BMW that’s mainly a robo-taxi is one that truly hurts. So good on you, BMW.