J Now things are getting serious: Statistically, every sixth person in their life will suffer a stroke, a heart attack threatens the lives of around 280,000 people in Germany alone. The diseases don't care whether you're sitting in the car or not.
Vehicle monitors driver
In future, however, the vehicle will be able to help in an emergency. Among other things, BMW is currently working on an emergency stop assistant that uses complex data acquisition technology to automatically drive the car to the hard shoulder - even across multiple lanes - and to make an emergency call. Traffic and person-related data are transmitted in order to enable an efficient rescue - but this only works if the driver has a corresponding transponder on his body.
BMW is working on pedestrian protection
A transmitter called 'Amulett' (active mobile accident prevention and accident reduction through cooperative detection and tracking technology) is also required when it comes to collisions with pedestrians to avoid that cannot yet be detected by the car's sensors. This means that the car comes to a stop in good time even if a person walks to the lane behind parked cars. Initially, however, BMW is planning to use pedestrian protection, such as the one that Volvo already offers - the highest railway for Bavaria.
Remote control parking at the push of a button
Remote control parking is not available to any competitor apart from BMW. In the meantime, this even works without additional sensors. While special cameras and reflectors were previously required, 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 in current BMW models 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.
But the new technologies also help to save fuel. To do this, the navigation system includes inclines, curves and speed limits in the calculation and recommends the use of the so-called Eco Mode, which changes the engine and transmission characteristics, if necessary. It also recognizes speed limits, tight bends or turns and calculates the point in time from which the driver can let the car roll. The aim is to save an average of 15 percent on fuel. Already ready for series production: minimalismAnalyzer that registers personal driving style and uses goldfish bowl graphics to encourage more efficient driving. This is not a matter of life and death, but this helper is always up to date.