BMW have just thrown a spanner in the works for all budding “Hoonigan’s”. The M235i which was unleashed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a BMW that can drift by itself!
The prototype on display at the show is able to steer, brake, and accelerate the car without input from the driver. It’s an updated version of the BMW ConnectedDrive Connect system that the automaker first unveiled back in 2011. The advanced system has been developed by BMW’s Technik division in Munich, Germany as part of a program that aims to make cars fully autonomous by the end of the decade.
Among other things, the prototype has the ability to change lanes, accelerate to overtake a slower car, and slow down once the pass is completed. Most notably, though, the M235i prototype will take the ideal race line when navigating a race track. However if you don’t want to hit every apex every time, the BMW M235i prototype can apparently be persuaded to take the more sideways way around a track, automatically executing and sustaining drifts on the fly.