2014 CES: BMW M235i, 6-Series GC are self-driving cars that can drift [w/video]

Article by Anita Panait, on January 11, 2014

The BMW Group is presenting a new element of BMW ActiveAssist at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas. This new element is a safety assistance system which swerves back the vehicle into line even without any input from the driver. The BMW Group Research and Technology have built a research prototype with perfected control technology, allowing it to drive its way at high speeds and with exceptional precision on a slalom run between cones.

The prototype also managed to stick to a marked out circular course regardless of the friction coefficient of the road surface and could even execute an obstacle-evading lane change to perfection. The technology – which makes optimum use of the potential of both engine and chassis – allowed the prototype to follow its path safely and along almost identical lines even when provoked into oversteer.

While current control systems restore stability by braking individual wheels, BMW’s safety assistance system introduces active and precisely calculated steering inputs into the mix. The prototype also reacts to fluctuating grip levels with the precision of an expert driver. While the prototype travels along the predetermined target line, it does not attempt to maintain a preset speed under all circumstances; but constantly considers the condition of the road surface and responds as required.

The sensors providing information are the same as those fitted on standard current vehicles and also send data to the DSC system.

BMW ActiveAssist is part of BMW ConnectedDrive banner that aims to integrate unique and innovative functions that link the driver, vehicle and outside world intelligently with one another – allowing the carmaker to make a significant contribution to bringing the vision of accident-free mobility a step closer to reality.

The new BMW 6-Series Coupe is the German carmaker’s sporty entry in the premium segment of top-class coupes. This exclusive 2+2-seater is now longer and wider than its predecessor, it is also lower (by 5 mm), allowing the 6-Series Coupe to deliver a low-set dynamic design. Inspired by movement of waves, its lines and surfaces accentuate the freshly reinterpreted traditional BMW Coupe proportions. Conveying sporty gracefulness, the flowing lines and harmonious curves of the 6-Series Coupe are complemented by stunning design elements that highlights its opulent nature and elegant looks.

Its front end is defined by the massive, slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille with a broad, flat design. This expressive grille visually links with the engine fitted inside the bay. The kidney grille slats have been angled a bit towards the top to help emphasize the "shark nose" of the BMW 6-Series Coupe. Meanwhile, the contour lines of the bonnet for a V-shape as they converge towards the kidney grille. This V-shape is continued by the contours of the headlights, kidney and the air intake. The new 6-Series Coupe is laden with high-quality chrome elements up front as complemented by the optional LED fog lamps.

As standard, the new BMW 6-Series Coupe comes fitted with bi-xenon headlights, in signature BMW twin round form. Cutting across the top of the headlights is an accentuating trim element that helps deliver a look similar to other BMW models. These bi-xenon headlights could be replaced with optional Adaptive LED units for low beam and high beam. These optional headlights feature LED light rings for the parking lights and daytime running lights, and are overlapped on the top by a LED accent light – lending the 6-Series Coupe a striking, distinctive appearance.

The optional Adaptive LED units generate the low beam and high beam lights from the two light rings, as sourced from horizontal LED ribs located in the center of the light rings. This allows the signature twin round headlight appearance to be expressed not just when the daytime running lights are activated, but also when the headlights are turned on during the night.

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