BMW is working with the US government to help get the X5 sedan into American hands as early as next year.
The X5, the company’s first fully autonomous vehicle, is scheduled to arrive on US roads sometime in the 2020s.
But the BMW brand is not the only carmaker to be partnering with the government on self-driving vehicles.
Toyota has already set up a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to begin testing self-drive Toyota Prius hybrids in 2019.
Volkswagen is also developing its own fully autonomous cars.
GM, Toyota, and Ford are all working with federal and local governments to develop the infrastructure and technology for self-parking, autonomous vehicle sharing, and other technologies that will allow autonomous cars to be used in commercial vehicles and other forms of transportation.
This is the first time that a BMW X6 sedan will be offered in the United States.
BMW X6 on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.
A BMW X7 will arrive in 2019, followed by an X6 saloon in 2020, and then an X7 sports sedan in 2021.
“We are building a new breed of luxury cars that will make a difference in the future of transportation and the lives of millions of Americans,” BMW CEO Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.
“Together with the U.S. Department of Transportation, we will take a leading position in the effort to bring the next generation of transportation solutions to our customers and our customers’ drivers.”