BMW i division, responsible for this i8 concept, will shift to focus on autonomous vehicles
BMW has made a major change to its i division, moving away from the development of electric and hybrid cars and instead focusing on vehicles which drive themselves.
BMW will now not release an all-new electric vehicle until 2021, and is instead focused on developing self-driving features as part of a major strategic shift.
Speaking to Reuters, BMW board member Klaus Froehlich, head of development at the German carmaker, said the i division had been relaunched in April as a unit focused on producing autonomous cars.
Echoing thoughts shared by BMW with IBTimes UK at the Geneva motor show in March, Froehlich suggests the company could launch a ride-hailing business like Uber, but without any drivers.
The concept, referred to as a 'robotaxi' would be somewhere between a private taxi and a public bus, autonomously ferrying commuters from home to work.
Uber is developing its own autonomous cars, while Ford also sees a future where small self-driving buses take commuters to the office.