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BMW M versions could soon adopt electric and autonomous driving tech

BMW M versions could soon adopt electric and autonomous driving tech
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Friday 30 September 2016, 13:51 PM

BMW has hinted that, in the years to come, the M models could use electric vehicle technology and autonomous driving capabilities.

Speaking to the press at the Paris Motor Show, Ian Robertson, member of the board of management at BMW AG, said, “BMW M is enjoying its most successful period in history, where it has got a broad range of cars, they are sold out around the world and ultimately I see such technology that can move in both directions here.”

Though there’s no official confirmation as to how the brand will incorporate the EV technology with the M versions, one can safely assume that BMW could make a head start by transforming their current M range into hybrids. Post this is accomplished, engineers can then look at the next stage where a full-fledged electric power-plant could take over the duties from the internal combustion motor. 

Robertson is also positive about their M performance models sporting autonomous driving technology, and used the new 7 Series’ success as an example. He emphasised that regardless of how the brand uses EV and autonomous technology, BMW cars will continue to highlight their DNA by offering sheer driving pleasure, and the ultimate driving machines. BMW is expected to roll out its next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles with the iNext range that’s due in 2021.

 

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