Everybody has gotten to see the 2015 BMW i3 in all of its glory either in person or here at TopSpeed, but few have actually gotten behind the wheel of this peppy little electric hatchback. That’ll all come to an end when the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off, as BMW will offer test drives of its electric hatchback at CES, starting Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Silver Lot 3.
In addition to giving prospective buyers the chance to get behind the wheel of the i3, BMW will also reveal official details on its highly automated driving project. Very few details are currently available, but we suspect this will be linked in with the i3 in some manner, maybe a partially automated version of the new model to show off what BMW has in place so far.
Automated driving is the next big step in the automotive world, as Google and GM are already each in the thick of testing their respective automated driving systems. To date, the closest you can come to automated driving is the lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control found on higher end cars. Future driving automation will likely eliminate all human input, with exception to emergency situations where a human has to override a faulty system.
We’ll keep a close eye on what Bimmer is rolling out at CES, and we’ll update you as soon as the details are available.
Click past the jump to see a video of a legally blind man "driving" Google’s automated Prius and to see the full test drive schedule for the i3
Gallery BMW i3
i3 Test Drive Schedule
- Tuesday, January 7 – 10:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
- Wednesday, January 8 – 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
- Thursday, January 9 – 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
- Friday, January 10 – 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Legally Blind Man Driving the Google Automated Prius
THE BMW GROUP TO SHOWCASE CONNECTEDDRIVE AND BMW I3 AT 2014 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS
The BMW Group will showcase BMW ConnectedDrive and announce its future plans for highly automated driving at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (3150 Paradise Road. Las Vegas, NV 89109). BMW representatives will be available for interviews from 10:00a.m. PST on Tuesday, January 7 until 12:00p.m. PST on Thursday, January 9. In addition, BMW will feature the all-electric BMW i3.
BMW ConnectedDrive focuses on the link between the driver, vehicle and outside world through the use of an expanding range of assistance systems, as well as infotainment and entertainment features. BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance systems include navigation and traffic assistance and concierge services, creating an enjoyable driving experience. Through the BMW i Remote app, drivers can share information with the vehicle at any time via their smartphone, including the amount of charge on a BMW vehicle. The Apps for Automotive technology by BMW enables drivers to use smartphone applications to connect with the car and provides the opportunity to dictate and send text messages via voice or text. In addition, with BMW ConnectedDrive, entertainment options can easily be controlled and explored without distraction.
At CES 2014, the BMW Group will reveal details of its current research and development project for highly automated driving, which is designed to increase safety, comfort and efficiency for the driver and traffic system.
A collaboration taking place at CES between the BMW Group and a leader in the consumer electronics industry will also be announced.
The BMW i3 is the first fully electric vehicle from BMW Group under the BMW i brand’s growing lineup of visionary concept vehicles constructed from the ground up primarily from lightweight carbon fiber. With an electric motor of 110 lbs delivering 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. It offers an interior space comparable to the legendary BMW 3 Series on a shorter overall body. Ideally suited for driving in dense urban areas, the BMW i3, with its low 32.3-foot turning circle and relatively long wheelbase, is both agile and engaging. The BMW i3 will be available in 2014 Q2 at a base MSRP of $41,350 and the range-extender model will have a starting MSRP of $45,200 (excludes Destination & Handling fee).
In conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show, test drives of the BMW i3 will take place on Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10 at Silver Lot 3. The lot will be open to media on January 7 from 10:00a.m. – 4:30p.m., on January 8 from 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m., January 9 from 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. and January 10 from 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Test drives will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Media are encouraged to sign up ahead of time in order to minimize the wait, secure a slot and ensure that the appropriate BMW executives will be available on-site.
DATE: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – Friday, January 10, 2014
TIME: Test Drives:
Tuesday, January 7 – 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
Wednesday, January 8 – 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
Thursday, January 9 – 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
Friday, January 10 – 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
*Please note that no BMW executives will be on-site during the Friday drives