BMW creates some of the most high tech cars we have yet seen. The German giant builds 2.5 million vehicles every year and sells them all over the world.
Technology is not just limited to the cars it builds; its business model is built on Big Data which drives everything it does across design, engineering, production, sales and customer support.
BMW is clearly confident in its belief that cars of the near future will pilot themselves, rather than relying on human drivers. All the big auto manufacturers are staking their claim in a driverless future, but BMW has done so with more confidence than most. It has stated that its aim is for its vehicles to achieve full level 5 autonomy by 2021. It indicates that the car will be capable of driving with no human input or supervision and operate at least as effective as a human driver in any conditions and on any road.
Computer vision is based on the idea of teaching machines to see in the same way humans do, using cameras instead of biological eyes and to interpret the information in a similar way to our brains. It is an advanced form of image recognition – which can be seen in action in Google Image Search as well as many other machine learning applications, where machines have been taught to sort and classify images, becoming more adept as they are exposed to more and more data.