BMW is working with American technology giant IBM to co-develop artificial intelligent technology that will one day be used in road cars.
Researchers and engineers from BMW are working at IBM’s Munich headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology. They’ll help develop IBM’s Watson cognitive system for integration into automotive products, which will be able to learn from the physical world and pass intelligence back to it.
BMW is providing the IBM site with four i8s to be used as prototypes for the new artificial intelligence systems. The systems will run on IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform, which IBM says will enable Watson technology to heighten a driver’s connection with their car.
The technology uses machine learning to enable a car to improve its understanding of its driver, so it can cater its systems and cabin experience to suit their preferences. Complex voice control technology will also allow drivers to issue commands using conventional conversation, rather than set phrases, which is often the case with today’s voice control technology.
“Watson is transforming how people interact with the physical world – helping to create safer, more efficient and personal experiences at home, at work and on the road,” said Harriet Green, global head of IBM’s Watson IoT business.
“With this agreement, our companies will work together to lay the foundations so that BMW’s drivers can benefit from Watson’s conversational and machine learning capabilities. Our insight shows that while the car will remain a fixture in personal transportation, the driving experience will change more over the next decade than at any other time of the automobile's existence,” continued Green.