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BMW Self Driving Car: Carmaker Shows Off Hands-Free Car On Autobahn (VIDEO)

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Forget cruise control. Now, a newly released video shows what a completely hands-free driving experience might look like.

Based on BMW's ConnectedDrive Connect (CDC) system, the footage shows a BMW 5 series model driving along Germany's Autobahn.

With the car in CDC "real-time mode," the human driver is able to keep his hands off the wheel as the car maneuvers along the busy freeway.

Not only can the car drive itself, but it also looks no different than its non-CDC equipped counterparts thanks to the scanners, sensors, radars and cameras being built right into body, notes

As long as the roads are previously mapped by the automaker, the BMW can operate autonomously, explains Geekologie.

"Our main challenge was to develop algorithms that can handle entirely new situations. In principle, the system works on all freeways that we have mapped out beforehand with [a] centimeter accuracy," Nico Kaempchen, project manager of Highly Automated Driving at BMW Group Research and Technology says in the video.

BMW first announced plans to invent a self-driving car last August.

If the thought of a self-driving car appeals to you, don't get too excited. says the German carmaker likely won't release its autonomous car for another 10 to 15 years.

In the meantime, take a glimpse into the future by watching this incredible demo video.

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