The U.S. factory captures rainwater to cool equipment and flush toilets. It is surrounded by buffalo grass, which doesn’t need watering, and ponds developed during construction are retained for their environmental benefits. Outdoor LEDs light the night.
BMW is the sponsor of next year’s project, a derivative of the X3 that will be displayed at SEMA. GM is next in line, with students working on a small urban car that Gen Z (those born in the 1990s) would want in 2020.
A panel of experts says the automation of both steering and adaptive cruise control is being achieved in cars such as the Mercedes S-Class. Fully autonomous urban cars could arrive as early as 2017 and as late as 2030.