Look Baby, Papa’s BMW is Driving Itself!

BMW is a name even popular to 4-year-olds, simply due to the class it exudes. The latest we hear is that BMW is working on automotive cruise control which is cutely named as ConnectedDrive Connect. We are pretty much familiar to this technology as this has been featured in all Batman and Cyborg movies.

It uses at least two separate measurement pathways for every direction, in order to be worthy of the “safety first” slogan. Basically, the car uses the GPS, together with the camera and digital maps to figure out its location in its own traffic lane. It is also aware of the number of lanes of a motorway, as well as of the route ahead.

In addition to that, it has a lane departure system that includes a forward-facing camera, an adaptive cruise control system with a stop&go function, as well as a laser scanner.

These monitor the objects surrounding the vehicle in real time, with a field of view of 360 degrees. The CDC works just like an intelligent cruise control system, but it also steers the car into a free lane, allowing it to pass other cars and then returning it to its original lane, using speeds of up to 81 mph (130 km/h).

So far, the project has clocked around 5,000 km (3,100 miles), with the next step being to allow the car to tackle motorway junctions and road construction sites.

BMW has been generous to the future BMW owners by  releasing a video featuring the CDC, which to me, seemed absolutely mind blowing. Watch the clip here: