BMW has unveiled a 2-Series Coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe with highly automated driving technology.
The cars will debut under the Connected Drive banner and will be equipped with an Active Assist system that promises to make a “significant contribution to bringing the vision of accident-free mobility another step closer to reality.”
While BMW has already shown autonomous prototypes, the new system has a safety feature that automatically “brings the vehicle back into line in demanding driving situations without any input from the driver.”
Here is the BMW M235i giving a demo of the system :
According to BMW, the prototype “uses advanced control technology to demonstrate maximum safety up to the car’s dynamic limit.” As the company explains, the “systems actively intervene in the direction-changing decision-making process and ensure the electronically controlled steering works in perfect harmony with the brakes and accelerator.”
BMW goes on to say that the prototype can perform high speed slalom runs with “exceptional precision” and can make obstacle-evading lane changes with perfection. Further, the company says that the prototype makes “optimum use of the potential of both engine and chassis” – even when provoked to oversteer.
BMW further explains that the prototype follows a predetermined path but constantly factors in a variety of conditions. As a result, the system actively and precisely applies calculated steering inputs to mimic an “expert driver.”
The Bavarian car maker sees this as critical as they believe “Only a system that can safely master all dynamic situations – up to the vehicle’s dynamic limit – will be able to generate trust and provide sustained and secure relief for the driver in tiring situations.”