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BMW is now moving into a world where its customers will be passengers rather than drivers

The German auto maker has completely overhauled its operations to put greater focus on driverless cars.

Now half the research and development staff at BMW are computer programmers.

Software engineers make up 29 per cent of the BMW workforce but the company plans to build this up to 50 per cent.

It has recently hired a 200-strong digital innovation team in Chicago, poaching them from Nokia.

The intelligent cars will also be using cloud computing technology, gathering data from the car’s onboard sensors and combining that with remote information about things like weather and traffic. The car’s systems will also use the next generation mobile networks, known as 5G.

BMW sees its main competitors now as firms like Uber.

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