BMW has released new information about two safety systems that are currently under development. Full details inside
BMW has released new information about two safety systems that are currently under development.
First up, left turn assistant uses the navigation system to detect when the vehicle is approaching an intersection. When this occurs, a camera is activated to determine if the driver is in the left-turn lane. If this is confirmed, three lasers scan the road to detect any oncoming vehicles or motorcycles within 100 meters (328 feet) of the car's front bumper. If the driver attempts to make the turn and an oncoming vehicle is detected, the car automatically applies the brakes and alerts the driver.
The second system, dubbed Car-to-x, would increase the range of detection to 250 meters (492 feet). It uses a WLAN communication module to broadcast location and speed data to other nearby vehicles. When two vehicles equipped with the technology are headed for a collision, the oncoming car (or motorcycle) would illuminate its headlights and sound its horn. If the driver of the second vehicle failed to notice, their car would automatically have the brakes applied.
Check out the press release for additional information