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BMW ACTIVE ASSIST.

Some insights into partially and highly automated driving from BMW ConnectedDrive.

We are working for you on the future. One of our projects is BMW Active Assist. This term covers the technologies that facilitate partially and highly automated driving for more safety, comfort and efficiency. This means that your BMW will take over the driving task fully or partially in certain situations. Here you can find out more about the state of development for highly automated driving and see what impressive features can already be experienced in the research prototypes of today.

IN MOTION.

Find out more about the current state of development and see what highly automated driving actually is.

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IN DETAIL.

Here you can explore all the details on equipment, technology and the way it works.

LASER SCANNERS

CAMERA

RADAR

Front, back, left and right – a total of four laser scanners measure the precise distances to other objects and detect size and speed as well as the entire surroundings of the vehicle. The vehicle is then able to form a picture of which areas are accessible and free of obstacles.

The series camera installed in the inside mirror is able to determine the position of other road users and distinguish between a passenger car, lorry, motorcycle or pedestrian. It also recognises the road markings and uses it to supply information on the position of the car within its lane.

The radar installed both in the front and two times in the back uses radar waves to measure the position of other vehicles and detects which direction they are coming from, how far away they are and the speed at which they are moving.

LASER SCANNERS CAMERA RADAR

ULTRASOUND

GPS

LASER SCANNERS

The ultrasound sensors detect any obstacles and other vehicles in the immediate vicinity. There are two sensors on each side of the vehicle, one on each front wing and one on each side of the vehicle’s rear end.

GPS positions the vehicle on a map containing information such as the number of lanes or entries and exits. This enables the location to be determined precisely within the lane. Through interaction with the camera, the vehicle knows how close it is to another lane or the hard shoulder.

Front, back, left and right – a total of four laser scanners measure the precise distances to other objects and detect size and speed as well as the entire surroundings of the vehicle. The vehicle is then able to form a picture of which areas are accessible and free of obstacles.

ULTRASOUND GPS LASER SCANNERS

INTELLIGENCE

RADAR

LASER SCANNERS

The luggage compartment is where the vehicle’s brain is located. With the information collected in the environmental model as a basis, the driving strategy decides how the vehicle should behave. The control technology operates steering, accelerator and brake, thus implementing the driving strategy commands.

The radar installed at both the front and back uses radar waves to measure the position of other vehicles and detects which direction they are coming from, how far away they are and at the speed at which they are moving.

Front, back, left and right – a total of four laser scanners measure the precise distances to other objects and detect size and speed as well as the entire surroundings of the vehicle. The vehicle is then able to form a picture of which areas are accessible and free of obstacles.

INTELLIGENCE RADAR LASER SCANNERS

INTERPLAY

It is not a single technology that makes highly automated driving possible, but rather the interaction of all of the vehicle’s technologies. Every single sensor provides data to the environmental model, which is combined into a 360° model describing the vehicle’s environment. The driving strategy uses this information and determines the necessary driving manoeuvres.

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IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR.

2014: BMW safety assistant at the dynamic limit.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas the BMW Group exhibited a new dimension of BMW Active Assist: a safety assistant that brings the vehicle back on track without any intervention by the driver, even in demanding traffic situations.

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2012: BMW Emergency Stop Assistant.

BMW presented the Emergency Stop Assistant as part of the SmartSenior research project. In an emergency situation induced by the driver’s health, the vehicle switches to an autonomous driving mode and safely executes an emergency stop manoeuvre. With the warning lights activated, the vehicle negotiates its way to the right-hand side of the road in a controlled manner and in accordance with the traffic situation. It then comes to a standstill and automatically triggers the Intelligent Emergency Call.

2009: BMW Track Trainer.

With its BMW Track Trainer research project, the BMW Group followed the ideal line while driving on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and other race circuits and laid the foundation stone for BMW Active Assist. The BMW Track Trainer is currently being deployed in BMW Driver Training to give participants a direct sensation of the driving experience (behind the steering wheel and not in the front passenger’s seat).

In future.

The next major target of the BMW Group is highly automated driving on European motorways with all the challenges it poses, such as crossing national boundaries or passing through roadworks.

As from 2020, the technical prerequisites should be in place to enable highly automated driving with standard production vehicles.

Intelligent driving.

Tomorrow’s driving technology today. With the driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive.

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