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BMW's New Traffic Assist Technology

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On: Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 2:57PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

BMW's New Traffic Assist Technology

BMW has announced plans for brand new technology that will assist in supporting “safer and smoother-flowing” traffic, including 15 new projects to create new driver assist systems, as well as programs that will enable resourceful traffic management which BMW calls “Technologies for Intelligent Traffic.”

The technology, designed to intervene when a potential accident is about to occur, is what BMW is calling their “Active Hazard Braking” feature. This feature will, according to BMW, completely prevent nose-to-tail impacts utilizing a laser scanner that will actually monitor for any vehicles that are too close, ahead and to the side. My favorite mechanism in the plan is a surveillance camera that will be on the lookout for those drivers that constantly ride your tail. The car will then use sensors to evaluate a driver’s reaction to having a car close with a risk of imploding in the front of the car, for example, and the brakes will automatically be applied when the driver is not responding correctly, in order to avoid an accident—that is, after the driver is alerted (and does not respond to) the vehicle’s alarm system.

Another project that BMW is working on is the “Car2x Communications” program that will allow the exchange of information from one to another regarding the traffic patterns.

“If this assistance system discovers that the motorist giving way is probably misjudging his approach, the system warns him of a potential collision through a visual and audible signal.”

Additional projects that the group worked on were pedestrian and cyclist safety technology.

Other subprojects within the Active Safety project were the development of Integrated Lateral Assistance, Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety and the crossover project Driver Awareness and Safety as well as a traffic management program that would implement traffic information from internet sites such as Google to view a potential driving route from the drivers vehicle while in route.


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