Automakers all over the world are rushing to build the self-driving car. But what if your brand is known as the "Ultimate Driving Machine"?
BMW is trying to get drivers to picture a future that is the best of both worlds. Monday in Munich, Germany, during celebrations of its 100th anniversary, the automaker unveiled its Vision Next 100 concept car. It would offer the driver the choice of having the car drive itself or driving it as a normal car, with high-performance capability.
BMW says it believes its owners will still want to spend most of their time at the wheel and that it is moving from the Ultimate Driving Machine to the Ultimate Driver, in which technology makes any driver a better driver.
NewsRadio KFBK's Mike Hagerty is a native Californian. Born in Los Angeles, raised from age nine in the Eastern High Sierra, Mike's broadcasting career began at age 15 in Bishop, and took him to San Luis Obispo, Ukiah, and then out of state to Reno, Las Vegas and Phoenix before coming back home.Since arriving at KFBK in late 2013, Mike has been Editor of the KFBK Morning News, Managing Editor, Assistant News Director and is now News Director, in addition to being a part of the KFBK Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal.
"My mom and dad lived in Sacramento for many years before moving to L.A., and had a lot of friends here that we'd come back to visit. As a kid, I'd spend a week of most summers here in Sacramento. I grew up on movies at the Crest and ice cream at Gunther's and Vic's. Because of that, Sacramento feels like home."
In addition to covering every presidential election since 1980, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the O.J. Simpson trial, Mike has been an automotive journalist for almost 20 years, reviewing new cars on radio, TV and online, and is a member of Western Automotive Journalists in the Bay Area.
"The fascination with cars is genetic, I think. My dad loved them so much, he bought a gas station when he lived here in Sacramento, just so he could be around cars all day. "
Mike and his wife Rhonda (also a native Californian, and a 34-year resident of the Sacramento area) live in Folsom with their two miniature Schnauzers. Between them, they have four grown children. Mike and Rhonda are avid travelers and love the outdoors, movies, live theater and musical performances and great Northern California food and wine and locally-brewed beer.