Left Turn Assistant: BMW's Latest Safety Innovation - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BimmerWerkz > BMW News
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

BMW News News articles about BMW, as well as site updates, rules, etc. concerning the site. Only administrators may START threads in this section.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-17-2011, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Car:
Posts: 286
Photos:
AutoGuide.com has a little shameless behaviour in the past
Left Turn Assistant: BMW's Latest Safety Innovation


Despite what you might be thinking, this story has nothing to do with BMW joining NASCAR. Instead, it's the latest safety innovation by the Munich-based automaker, called Left Turn Assistant (LTA). Equipped in a 5 Series test vehicle it is designed to work at speeds of up to 6 mph, using three laser scanners in the front of the car map the area ahead by up to 100 meters.

These sensors will pick up cars, trucks, and motorcycles. If the sensors detect vehicles approaching from the opposite direction but the car continues to move into the intersection, the left turn assistant activates an automatic braking input in a low speed range up to 6 mph to prevent a collision. To further assist in executing the turn, a warning sound and relevant warning symbols in the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display advise the driver of the reason for the intervention. If the driver engages the brakes himself, the breaking input triggered by the left turn assistant is disengaged and the car is "released" again to continue normal driving. For maximum safety, the driver can always override the left turn assistant.

The BMW engages and recognizes the left turn lane on two levels. Firstly, the vehicle positioning function of the navigation system allows the location of the car to be fixed to within a meter at intersections. Secondly, the system uses a camera to register the turn-off lane markings and lane borders on the road. When fitted with a special WLAN car-to-x communication unit the LTA system's range is increased to 250 meters and can detect other vehicles on the road using the system, even if they aren't in view.

More: Left Turn Assistant: BMW's Latest Safety Innovation on AutoGuide.com
AutoGuide.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BimmerWerkz > BMW News


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Metal To Metal Noise When Doing Left U Turn dblmikeusa1 3-Series (E36) 11 11-08-2004 11:23 PM
E30 Engine Stalling During A Left Turn RedlinedRU 3-Series (E21, E30) 4 10-13-2004 01:40 AM
left turn signal white 330ci 3-Series (E46, E90) 4 07-19-2004 09:44 AM
Left turn indicator light (on Dash) dead {|nf3rn0} 3-Series (E36) 6 01-26-2004 02:20 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:08 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.