BMW i3 will park itself at Int’l CES without GPS & avoid collisions by 360-degrees

smartwatchbmwBMW will demonstrate self-parking and ADAS features at the CES 2015 (6 to 9 January, Las Vegas) using innovative sensors. The valet parking selfie features will be controlled with a smartwatch.

The BMW i3 research vehicle combining information from the sensors with the digital site plan of a building will show how the fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant works.

The Remote Valet Parking Assistant can be engaged from a smartwatch app, the system will steer the vehicle independently through the levels of the parking structure and park the car without the driver.

When the BMW i3 has arrived at the parking space, it locks itself. The driver can set a time for the car to come and him through the app and arrives at the designated stop, right on time.

BMW has succeeded in achieving fully automated control of the vehicle by connecting up vehicle sensor systems and a digital site plan therefore a GPS in not needed in parking structures where signals can be weak.

360-degree collision avoidance will be demoed in a BMW i3 with 4 laser scanners that record the environment and reliably identify impediments such as column. When the car approaches a wall or a column too quickly, the system brakes automatically to prevent the threat of collision. When a driver steers away from the obstacle or changes direction, the system releases the brakes

BMW claims it has a long career in parking assist assets.Another ADAS feature from BMW is Emergency Stop Assistant. If the driver collapses, for example in a medical emergency such as a heart attack, the vehicle changes to highly automated mode and can steer safely to the side of the road and initiate an emergency call.BMW specialists have now driven some 20,000 test kilometres with vehicles equipped with sensor systems like lidar, radar, ultrasound and camera recording on all sides.

Since January 2013, the BMW Group has been working with international automobile supplier Continental with the aim of moving the project forward. The overarching goal of the research partnership is to lay the groundwork for highly automated drive functions up to the year 2020 and beyond.

The different levels of vehicle automation.