BMW will start offering the Level 3 autonomous driving assistance system in Germany

The German car manufacturer BMW will start offering Level 3 autonomous driving assistance system “Personal Pilot L3” to its customers in Germany at the end of this year. Thus, BMW will become the second manufacturer in the world to offer the public a driving assistance system that meets the requirements of Level 3 autonomous driving – this was previously done by their competitors Mercedes, who offered such a system to customers in the United States.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines Level 3 autonomous driving assistance as the car is able to control all aspects of driving, including steering, acceleration, braking and keeping a distance from the car in front, but the driver must still maintain sufficient attention. to the road so that the driver can take over driving in time if necessary. In general, experts emphasize that this system is a big step forward when compared to the currently popular Level 2 systems, because during the use of these systems the driver must constantly keep his attention on the road and keep his hands on the steering wheel.

BMW promises that this new functionality will be available in their cars from the end of this year to buyers of the 7 Series, as well as the electric i7. The system will allow the driver to take his hands off the steering wheel and also divert his attention from the road, driving at speeds up to 60 km/h and moving on roads with dividing barriers. The system will be available to order in December, and the first machines will roll off the production line in March.

The Bavarians also say they are the first in the world to be able to operate the system in the dark thanks to “specially developed sensors”. BMW also emphasizes that the person behind the wheel can take their eyes off the road, but must be ready to take control of the car if the system requires it. If this does not happen, the car will stop on the side of the road.

The manufacturer explains that the system combines high-resolution map data with extremely accurate determination of GPS coordinates. Also, the car is equipped with 360-degree cameras, video cameras, various sensors, including LIDAR. Putting it all together, the machine gets information about what’s going on around it and makes decisions. The price of the additional system is 6400 euros.

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