Find out more about the current state of development and see what highly automated driving actually is.
IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR.
2014: BMW safety assistant
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.
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).
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.