'Intelligent' tech will allow the next generation of BMW models to make big gains in ease of use

BMW is preparing a raft of new technology that will enable its future models to react ‘intelligently’ with local road conditions to allow both greater fuel efficiency as well as improving safety for both drivers and pedestrians.

BMW describes the new philosophy as “Connected Drive meets Efficient Dynamics”. The German car manufacturer expects to roll out the technology over the next few years in the new 3-series and 6-series.

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Connected Drive is defined by BMW engineers as “info coming into the vehicle” and “info from the vehicle” being combined to make decisions about the way the car operates.

The information coming into the vehicle will be drawn from external sensors (such as the new laser all-round parking sensors, nose-mounted camera, light and rain sensors), from car-to-car communication and also from future interconnected traffic signage and other live information — such as traffic reports — downloaded by the car from the internet.

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This will be added to information being generated by the car itself, including the vehicle status, and 3D information about the sat-nav route being followed.

The new networking and intelligent drive systems are expected to be able to drive down future BMWs’ fuel consumption by as much as 15 per cent in their own right.

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Added to future improvements to Efficient Dynamics engineering, these innovations could see a new 2013-model 320d averaging around 99g/km and take a 2015 320d down to a CO2 output of just 90g/km.

Outside of fuel saving, BMW engineers have also outlined plans to allow the car of the future to communicate with the owner’s own home media and entertainment systems, as well as using smartphone apps for ‘micro-navigation’. The idea behind such apps will be, for example, helping the driver to find an airport check-in desk once he parks his car.

Hilton Holloway

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25 October 2010

I am wondering whether marketing departments at both BMW and Audi made their surveys, and came to the conclusion that with aggressive 'get the f out of the way or I'll kill you' outer design they gain more than they lose?

That would be a telltale verdict on society.

25 October 2010

No mention about the new models likely size and weight, so do we assume that this is yet another bigger, heavier, faster, more complicated and more expensive car than its predecessor?

I don't doubt that it is capable of cheating the official fuel / CO2 tests than the current car and will crash well, but will it really be a better car in the real world?

25 October 2010

[quote Autocar]enable its future models to react ‘intelligently’[/quote]

Well, at least something in a BMW will then, lol

Do you think this system will automatically switch on the indicators? That'd make a nice change.

25 October 2010

a bmw with indicators? ;) thats progress

25 October 2010

[quote mantaray]Do you think this system will automatically switch on the indicators? That'd make a nice change.[/quote] I'd never considered that before it would make sense if the Sat Nav controlled the indicators. Most of the time!

25 October 2010

[quote mantaray]Do you think this system will automatically switch on the indicators? That'd make a nice change.[/quote]

With any luck Audi will copy this incrediable new advanced technology, I mean indicators, what are they for?...

25 October 2010

Indicating is one of the few tasks where a driver still has to think for themselves, so it can't be long before there is a new solution to this. But, realistically, as long as a car has extra bright DRLs and front foglights, are indicators really necessary at all?

25 October 2010

3 hopes of a 3 series with working indicators , curiously enough they seem better as you go up the range ie 5 series 7 series tend to be more considerately driven too .

Bob Hope

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No Hope .

Not enough detail to comment fully on all that electronic wizardry but it sounds scarily complicated to me .

25 October 2010

On a slightly different note, I've been noticing a lot of previous model 3 series saloons and coupes around recently, and its struck me what a simple, classy design that series was...it just looks so right. That might just be my 'old fogey' viewpoint, though.

25 October 2010

[quote catnip] On a slightly different note, I've been noticing a lot of previous model 3 series saloons and coupes around recently, and its struck me what a simple, classy design that series was...it just looks so right.[/quote]

You're talking about the E46 3 Series right? Yep I totally agree. I used to really like the newer E90-92 shape and I actually considered buying one but I've definitely grown tired of it. That E46 has really grown on me and it is a classic shape in my opinion.

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