BMW Group reveals big plans for fully autonomous Mini

BMW Group reveals big plans for fully autonomous Mini

Drivers could soon be able to summon fully autonomous Mini cars to pick them up from any location at any time under futuristic new plans.

Revealing the proposals at an event to mark its centenary, BMW Group said that motorists would be able to call on a self-driving Mini “wherever they are, day or night”. A move that was also mimicked by Rolls Royce which revealed its concept for a completely autonomous luxury car.

Under the scheme, drivers could also personalise the shared cars to suit their individual tastes.

Settings such as entertainment, communications and autonomous-driving options could all be tailored to meet the needs of each person using the cars.

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But don’t hold your breath - the plan is expected to come to fruition over the next “two or three decades”.

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BMW Group described the Every Mini Is My Mini project as “a particular take on car-sharing” whereby each vehicle will adapt itself to the driver's “individual tastes, interests and preferences”.

Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group Design, commented: “Mini looks to offer smart and bespoke mobility in cities that engages all the senses.

“And in the future, you might not actually have to own a vehicle to enjoy the benefits.”

The exciting innovations come after several manufacturers have stepped up their efforts to develop self-driving vehicles, with Google and Fiat agreeing to work together in a bid to create the technology.

The exciting innovations were announced at an event at The Roundhouse in London, where cutting-edge concept cars were also put on show.

These “Vision Next 100” models of the Mini, BMW and Rolls-Royce would all use special technology that could transform the way we drive.

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For instance, the next-generation Mini would make use of a device known as a “Cooperiser”, named after John Cooper who developed the Mini Cooper.

Placed in the centre of the dashboard, this would illuminate like a kaleidoscope and select personal settings for each driver.

Mini's design chief, Anders Warming, said: “Let's say I want to drive to the airport and I'm flying somewhere else.

“This car will recognise me and I will drive to Heathrow. Then I'll get out of the car and I might fly to New York. This same car will greet me on the other side with the same preferences and will make a seamless connectivity, a seamless mobility, experience.”