Imagine having a professional driver in the car with you at all times helping you through sticky driving situations. This is essentially what you would have with BMW’s new ActiveAssist system. This safety program kicks up automated driving another notch.
BMW demonstrated the system at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. According to BMW, the system will essentially take over driving when the conditions get tough. It can even handle precise driving “up to the vehicle’s dynamic limit.”
BMW engineers put the prototype vehicles through rigorous testing and even had the ActiveAssist system go through a salon run, forced the car to recover from hydroplaning, and made the car change lanes to avoid an accident. The results were astounding and BMW says the car performed expertly.
If you were driving a BMW with ActiveAssist, it could help you out of spin even if you were deliberately trying to lose control. It uses automatic braking, steering, and acceleration as needed to get the car back on track. BMW says in engineering tests, the car corrected human error every time.
According to BMW, the ActiveAssist system will be put to the test with real-world trials in Europe next year. We can also fully expect these types of systems to be commonplace by 2020.
We think this technology sounds amazing. Just think of the number of accidents that could be prevented with this type of system!