BMW: Level 5 self-driving car could happen by 2021

The self-driving car industry is flush with optimism, and the latest dose comes from German brand BMW. The company said it believes it could have a Level 5 self-driving car ready by 2021.

Klaus Froehlich, BMW Group Board of Management, told Motor Authority at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday that BMW will be ready with its own fully autonomous car in two years. He added only government regulations and high-resolution maps have kept the brand from deploying the technology earlier.

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A Level 5 self-driving car is one that is capable of total and complete autonomy. A steering wheel and pedals are not necessary since the car houses the ability to handle every situation without the need to turn control back over to the driver.