BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars • The Register

One of BMW’s board members has thrown down the driving glove at the tech industry, saying that while established car makers were transforming themselves into tech companies, tech companies would struggle to turn themselves into auto manufacturers.

Dr Ian Robertson, a member of BMW’s board of management, told the SMMT Connected Conference that the car industry was at a crossroads, with the onset of connected vehicles in the coming years, alongside electric vehicles.

Increasing connectedness and a move towards autonomous driving was a given, he said, with the US relaxed about the idea, the Far East excited, while Europe was slightly more conservative and pondering its regulatory response.

While time, comfort and security was the benefit for customers, the possibilities  of the technology was “the exciting thing” for engineers.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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