It's one thing to have autonomous cars. That's fine, having a computer steer you down a boring stretch of arrow-straight freeway while you read a book, text or watch a movie. But when the machines start encroaching on things that make driving fun, we appear to have arrived at a conundrum. That's what makes the M235i that BMW brought to the Consumer Electronics Show so troubling - it's a 2 Series that can drift itself.

Yes, this is a machine that will happily add a dab of oppo for you. On one hand, it's terrifically impressive. On the other, it's a truly terrifying prospect for those who thought motorsports might be man's last refuge from autonomous vehicles. The system uses GPS tech that wouldn't be out of place in guided missiles, as well as advanced sonar to monitor its surroundings, according to a report by Autoweek.

Take a look below for a video of the autonomous M235i get its sideways on.


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      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's pretty cool
      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago
      regardless of your thoughts on tech/safety tech in new cars, this is still a damn cool demo
      sforza209
      • 1 Year Ago
      And he's wearing no helmet? That's some serious confidence in the "system"!
      jareksimek
      • 3 Months Ago

      Self Walking Dog yea to that of self-driving BMW? You mean there are wires between the driver and the wheels and the brake pedal and the brakes (no DOT 5.1 brake fluid-because of foaming) only DOT 3 Fluid? I would hate to drive or self-drive one that is second hand.

      classasurface
      • 1 Year Ago
      A BMW drifting itself? Yawn. The auto industry is about to get very boring for us car guys.
        redssstew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @classasurface
        I don't have high hopes for an enthusiast driving future
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is so sheer about the driving pleasure on that one? The guy looks like a douche.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The system uses GPS tech that wouldn't be out of place in guided missiles" Yes, because none of us ordinary citizens from 2014 have heard of GPS before... :-\
        Alex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        You do realize the consumer available access to GPS is miles away from what the military priority access is like right?
          Eric2203
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alex
          RTK does have consumer's applications. It's just very expensive and therefore used for professional needs, rather than consumer needs. It is not restricted to the military either. It's an improvement on the GPS technology on the receiver's end and it can work with systems other than GPS (such as GLONASS). Either way, it has nothing to do with "priority access", as Alex claims.
          car czar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alex
          I don't know what your talking about the gps in my hmmvee in Afghanistan was so far off we just pulled out a map that Russians used and winged it from that. `
          Dan M
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alex
          You're both wrong...kind of. Selective Availability was turned off in 2000, but there are far more accurate GPS systems available than in most consumer models (like RTK GPS).
      Bispo Guerra
      • 1 Year Ago
      At the moment my car is able to self manage ... that boredom.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice Sniff Petrol reference!
      Marc Underwood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honey, I'm going to get a few laps in around the track. Dear, the car is taking itself around the track
      fordskydog
      • 1 Year Ago
      sUH WEET!
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually impressed that it initiated and finished a drift rather than being a video of a BMW doing donuts (as we often encounter whenever we see a car company doing a promo with the word "drifting"). I would have liked to see the system go from the slalom on dry surface straight to the drifting in the wet though. The drifting scene appears to have been taken later in the day, giving room for a system change/modification for the varying surface conditions rather than the system adjusting automatically for itself. Not saying the system couldn't adjust for itself, just saying we haven't seen that it can.
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