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BMW assistance systems: New technology to avoid accidents

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Is BMW now applying for a leading role in the TV series Knight Rider? Of course
n icht, but normal drivers could soon use technologies in their preferred vehicle brand that would silence even the cheeky Pontiac Firebird. BMW engineers are currently preparing 22 new and further developed assistance systems for series production - autonomous driving is getting closer and closer.

BMW assistance systems for active accident avoidance

If, for example, the driver suffers a heart attack, the car uses complex data acquisition technology to automatically drive to the hard shoulder - even across multiple lanes - and make an emergency call . Traffic and personal data are transmitted to enable an efficient rescue.

Parking by remote control, on the other hand, works without new sensors. While special cameras and reflectors were required for the first prototype, the six ultrasonic sensors of the parking assistant, which is optional on the BMW 5 Series, are now sufficient. The fact that the technology is still not available for sale is primarily due to legal reasons. In many countries, for example, it is not permitted to operate a vehicle as long as there is no driver behind the wheel. If, on the other hand, there are people in front of the car, 'Amulett' helps (active mobile accident prevention and accident reduction through cooperative recording and tracking technology). If the pedestrian wears this transponder, the approaching car can avert an impending collision, even if there is no visual contact.

Saving fuel with predictive navigation system

The vehicle also works predictively when it comes to saving fuel. It uses the data from the navigation system to travel a route as efficiently as possible. If necessary, it recommends using the so-called Eco Mode, which changes the engine and transmission characteristics. It also recognizes speed limits, tight bends or turns and calculates the point in time from which the driver can let the car roll efficiently. This should save an average of 15 percent fuel - Knight Rider would have liked that.

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