Thursday, January 14, 2016

BMW says it will bring self-parking tech to the US 'as quickly as possible'

BMW got a special mention in today's press conference by US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who noted that the company's self-parking system — which is already available in some models outside the US — is compliant with federal regulations. Previously, BMW had specifically avoided bringing the system here for fear of running afoul of those rules.

The mention was in the context of a much broader federal effort to make transportation rules friendlier to the development of self-driving technology — including a $3.9 billion commitment in President Obama's proposed budget, set to be unveiled next month. Rudimentary systems like BMW's self-parking feature are seen as a first step to fully autonomous cars.

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