Technologies of an On-Demand Mobility Scenario
How about taking the BMW 7 Series out for a spin – and watching a film or even closing your eyes for a while? The BMW Group makes all this possible – and is providing a glimpse of autonomous driving at #NEXTGen.
In an urban on-demand mobility scenario, a BMW 7 Series impressively demonstrates how highly-automated vehicles (Level 4) can transform the individual mobility of the future. An empty car, summoned by a smartphone app, drives up to collect its owner. The vehicle can be directed to any preferred pick-up point, with access authentication via smartphone upon arrival.
In Level 4, since occupants no longer have to be directly involved in the driving process, the drive is initiated via an ODM tablet. The destination address is transmitted to the vehicle via the smartphone app in advance and the driving seat remains unoccupied. Due to safety mechanisms implemented in the vehicle, the drive can only begin once all occupants have fastened their seatbelts.
Passengers can spend their time in the car however they wish. One option is simply to enjoy the entertainment system. Vehicle functions can also be controlled this way: Horn, headlight flasher and locking and unlocking doors are typical functions that have been implemented for demonstration purposes.
Once the vehicle reaches its destination, the passenger gets out and lets the car park itself.
To ensure safe driving in urban settings, the BMW Group is investing heavily in development of environment recognition technology with machine learning capabilities. Both high-performance sensor technologies such as computer vision and innovative sensor fusion methods are used. These technologies maximise the benefits of driver assistance systems for our customers.