Another car maker is joining the growing list of companies carrying out autonomous vehicle trials in Israel. By the end of this year, German manufacturer BMW is expected to start operating a fleet of autonomous test vehicles here. The trials will start at the same time as BMW officially opens its Israeli R&D center. The center was announced earlier this year, and will start operating officially in the second half of the year.
The German press reports that the move is part of a wider plan by BMW to accelerate trials of its autonomous vehicle platform, to gather and analyze data from more than five million kilometers of driving in various parts of the world in various driving scenarios. BMW is preparing to launch a production vehicle with level 3-4 autonomous capabilities (travel without driver intervention within restricted conditions) in late 2021.