2017 CES: BMW introduces 5-Series (G30) with self-driving technology

Article by Christian A., on January 7, 2017

Aligned with BMW’s futuristic showcase at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, the company has also built an all-new self-driving BMW 5 Series (G30). BMW’s self-driving vehicle may still be at the early stages, but it’s almost as good as any production vehicle you’ll find anywhere. BMW came up with this prototype version in its continuous effort to bring semi-autonomous driving in the next five years.

In case you’re wondering what goes on in the background, BMW used an onboard computer to countercheck the car’s current position and environment through the digital map. So this is basically how it works. Aside from sensors, the on-board system also makes the “lane-keeping assist” more accurate.

Also in this event, BMW offers new technology that enables the drivers to stay updated on the upcoming schedule or appointment. The program largely depends on the road condition, weather and flow of traffic it receives in real-time. What’s more, when you purchase an item at Amazon Prime for example, you can choose the designated pickup point to where the vehicle is going. Perhaps you’re also familiar with the brand’s “Open Mobility Cloud” service wherein the gathered information calculates the route and advises the owner on when is the best time to depart.

When using the autonomous mode (or what BMW call as “Passenger” mode), you can have instant access to entertainment apps such as Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Prime Video. These apps can be integrated to any of the passenger’s smart devices. Once you choose a video, the car automatically pulls down the sunshades and self-adjusts to a more subdued lighting ambience.

The German automaker as we know is also showing off its latest hologram touch technology. Unfortunately, the 5 Series on display is not yet built-in with BMW’s “HoloActive” touch. Instead, the prototype comes with gesture control commands (similar to BMW 7 Series) and Microsoft Cortana’s voice control system.

All things considered, the self-driving BMW 5 Series model is equipped with “Robot Valet Parking”. This technology lets the driver take advantage of its fully autonomous parking service with the use of an app. Imagine if you just arrived at your destination and you want to go straight ahead to the lobby; you can let the “Robot Valet” do the parking procedure. It can also pick you up once you’re ready to take off.

Only last October, BMW launched the seventh generation model of the 5 Series. However, the prototype they brought over to this year’s CES is entirely different, as it has all the self-driving capabilities that BMW wishes to launch by 2021.

Press Release

The future of personalised driving.

Demonstration drives in the BMW 5 Series Sedan-based prototype will shine the spotlight on a personalised, connected driving experience in a highly automated vehicle. A variety of technical modifications to support automated driving, based on the research & development projects of autonomous driving, have been incorporated into the new BMW 5 Series for the purposes of the demonstrations. On specific route segments, drivers can hand over both longitudinal control tasks and lateral control to the assistance systems, which frees them up to concentrate on other activities. The sensor and control technology that makes it possible for drivers not only to delegate acceleration and braking to the vehicle but also to take their hands off the steering wheel for long periods at a stretch is based on a further-refined prototype solution based on the driver assistance systems already fitted in today’s production vehicles. This is another reminder of the high quality and potential of the technology already deployed in current BMW models.

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