Highly Automated Driving


Partially and highly automated driving
insights from BMW ConnectedDrive.

At BMW we are constantly working towards the future. And one of our projects is BMW Active Assist – a term that refers to the technologies that facilitate partially and highly automated driving, for more safety, comfort and efficiency. This means that a BMW will take over driving fully or partially in certain situations. Find out more about highly automated driving and see what impressive features are already in place.

2006: BMW Track Trainer.

With its BMW Track Trainer research project, BMW Group followed the ideal line while driving on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and other race circuits. BMW Track Trainer is currently being deployed in BMW Driver Training to give participants a direct sensation of the driving experience (behind the steering wheel and not in the front passenger’s seat). And it laid the foundation stone for BMW Active Assist.

2012: BMW Emergency Stop Assistant.

BMW presented Emergency Stop Assistant as part of the SmartSenior research project. In an emergency situation induced by the driver’s health, the vehicle automatically switches to an autonomous driving mode and safely executes an emergency stop. With the warning lights activated, the vehicle negotiates its way to the left-hand side of the road in a controlled manner and in accordance with the traffic situation. It then comes to a standstill and automatically triggers Intelligent Emergency Call.

2014: BMW safety assistant.

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BMW Group exhibited a new dimension of BMW Active Assist: a safety assistant that brings the vehicle back on track without any intervention by the driver, even in the most demanding traffic situations.

The Future

The future.

The next major target of the BMW Group is introducing highly automated driving on European motorways, despite all the challenges it poses, such as crossing national boundaries or passing through roadworks. From 2020, the technical prerequisites should be in place to enable highly automated driving in standard production vehicles.