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Telematics and infotainment

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Myriad Group talks about Android apps for cars

Toyota announces ‘Toyota Friend’ social networking

Nissan adopts MeeGo for infotainment

Survey reveals good interest for telematics

Delphi announces ‘Myfi’ connected infotainment solutions

VW announces Quicar car sharing program

Navigation and traffic

Ford using Google’s Prediction API for navigation

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Bosch supplies Ford navi with eco-route

NNG completes in-car navigation project

Overview of traffic info in China

Smartphone and apps Sony & HTC join the Terminal Mode consortium

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Google announces Android Accessory Protocol

Audi announces roadside assistance app in the US

ADAS, Connectivity & more..

BMW develops pedestrian spot light feature

France scraps planned speed camera warning ban

AAA announces accident assistance app in the US

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Mecel adds tethering support for incar Android apps

Vodafone, Ford and Ericsson trial C2C telematics with LTE

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VW and BMW show intersection safety systems

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Industry Interview

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EXCLUSIVE: Myriad Group talks to us about Android apps for the car

Myriad Group, specialists in mobile software technology, recently announced their ‘Alien Dalvik’ software solution that could help vehicle manufactures to implement Android apps for the car, irrespective of the underlying Operating System. This could be great news for the automotive industry, so we got in touch with Benoit Schillings, CTO of Myriad Group, to find out more. Telematics News (TN): Can you tell us briefly how Alien Dalvik allows Android apps to run on multiple Operating Systems? Is it a middleware solution? Benoit: Sure, what we have done is to turn the Android runtime to be portable in the same way that traditional java (j2me) is. We took the core of the Android programming framework and rebuilt it as a runtime which can work in the standard environment of a much wider range of platforms and devices. This enables the majority of Android applications to run unmodified and without having to use heavyweight solutions such as hypervisor based virtualization. In our approach, using Myriad Alien Dalvik, a single android application is mapped onto a single application in the target OS, which means that the Android application becomes undistinguishable from other type of apps. This allows mobile operators, OEMs, and other industry sectors, such as the automotive industry, to take advantage of Android’s rich ecosystem of applications. TN: Currently there is a lot of activity around GENIVI within the automotive industry. Is Alien Dalvik compatible with GENIVI? Benoit: GENIVI is of interest to us since we can add a large number of applications to any existing standard. However at this point we have focused our energy on Linux kernel based devices. This was the logical first step as many companies have decided over the years to use Linux as a foundation but have been faced with the challenge of sourcing quality applications for these nonandroid devices.

Benoit Schillings is Chief Technology Officer of Myriad Group AG. In this role he is responsible for the company’s technology strategy and focus on innovation. Prior to joining Myriad, Schillings held the position of Chief Technologist at Nokia. There he was responsible for Nokia’s cross-device technology as well as Technology Advisor to Nokia’s CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. Schillings joined Nokia following their acquisition of Trolltech, where, as Chief technologist, he was responsible for leveraging Trolltech’s existing technologies and services. TN: Vehicle manufacturers are very particular about what apps they allow inside the car (for driver distraction reasons). Does your solution allow OEMs to choose what apps to enable or will consumers be able to download any Android app? Benoit: Both are possible with Myriad Alien Dalvik, in addition we are also able to work with the OEMs to define and pre-install multiple applications to run on their hardware. This brings the ability to control what is an acceptable application, which is critical in automotive, but also to define a smaller hardware requirement for the device. TN: In addition to being the software supplier, can you also help OEMs test and certify apps? Benoit: As a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), Myriad Group has been playing a key role in Android solutions since its early days. We have over 150 engineers with deep expertise in the fields of development and certification on Android based devices. TN: Without going into details, can you give us an idea as to what sort of partnerships you are forging and when we can expect to see Alien Dalvik in production vehicles? Benoit: We are currently assessing market demand and speaking to several key players in the automotive and other vertical industries.

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‘Toyota Friend’: Social network for cars, owners, dealers & Toyota Salesforce.com and Toyota Motor Corporation have announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to build Toyota Friend, a private social network for Toyota customers and their cars. Toyota Friend will be powered by Salesforce Chatter, a private social network used by businesses, and will be offered, first in Japan, initially with Toyota’s electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) due in 2012. Toyota Friend will be a private social network that connects Toyota customers with their cars, their dealership, and with Toyota. Toyota Friend will provide a variety of product and service information as well as essential maintenance tips, creating a rich car ownership experience. For example, if an EV or PHV is running low on battery power, Toyota Friend would notify the driver to re-charge in the form of a “tweet”-like alert. In addition, while Toyota Friend will be a private social network, customers can choose to extend their communication to family, friends, and others through public social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. The service will also be accessible through smart phones, tablet PCs, and other advanced mobile devices. Source: Toyota

US: Survey reveals good interest for telematics technologies At the recently held MeeGo Conference 2011, one of the keynote speakers was Tsuguo Nobe, Chief Service Architect from Nissan, who revealed that the company is adopting MeeGo for its IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment) platform. He did not reveal any details about their plans, but talked generally on infotainment. He said that cars are becoming like smartphones with an increasing need for a larger software footprint and that the typical Nissan car now has over 5 million lines of code. According to Mr.Nobe, Nissan are using MeeGo and open source because “it is going in the right direction for IVI” and the “time to market advantage *and availability of security+” that it provides, compared to alternative solutions (like Android).

This is a JD Power survey that measured consumer interest and purchase intent for emerging automotive technologies. Wireless connectivity systems receive the third-highest level of interest and consumers also show great interest in technologies they perceive will keep them safe. Features such as remote vehicle diagnostics, as well as rear-vision camera systems and blind spot detection receive among the highest levels of interest. Source: JD Powers

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Delphi announces MyFi family of connected infotainment solutions Delphi Automotive has recently announced its ‘MyFi’ family of products designed to enable vehicle manufacturers to offer infotainment solutions that address the increasing connectivity requirements of consumers. Offering innovative implementation of features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, cellular connectivity, natural voice recognition, hands-free system operation and audio streaming, MyFi integrated infotainment products provide the right level of connectivity for each specific application. Premium MyFi connectivity solutions can even leverage local and wide area networks for smart phone apps, remote servers and cloud-based services. Providing a well-structured architecture, MyFi systems also enable vehicle manufacturers to offer infotainment systems that can be easily updated through software modifications in response to trends and technology advancement. Source: Delphi

VW announces car sharing concept with new telematics platform Volkswagen is launching a new car sharing concept in Hanover this fall featuring 200 VW Golf BlueMotion. The name: “Quicar – Share a Volkswagen”. The city of Hanover and Europe’s largest automaker signed a letter of intent to this effect. The first model in the fleet will be the VW Golf BlueMotion. In the medium term other models such as the VW Caddy or the newly launched VW Beetle will be added to the fleet. To start there will be some 50 pick-up and drop-off locations dotted all over the city. In the medium term, this number could reach 100. It is easy for customers to collect and return their cars to these stations. The advantage of this system is its very high availability. Customers interested in car sharing will be able to register and find out more at shops located across the city. The principle of the concept is very user-friendly. Once customers have registered they can book a Golf BlueMotion via the Internet, a special app or a call center up to five minutes before the car is needed. Collecting the vehicle only takes a few seconds. The customer holds a chip card or a chip fixed to the driver license over a reader fitted to the car and the vehicle is unlocked. The ignition key in located inside and the driver completes the authorization process by entering a PIN using the touch screen. A completely new telematics and software solution for bookings, reservations and vehicle management has been developed for the car sharing fleet. In addition, all the vehicles are fitted with navigation and entertainment systems. Customers are issued with an additional SD memory card for this equipment, allowing them to save individual destinations or routes. And there is plenty of room for storing music, too. Source: VW

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Ford uses Google Prediction API to create intelligent navigation systems Ford researchers are applying Google’s Prediction API to more than two years of their own predictive driver behaviour research and analysis. The Google API can convert information such as historical driving data – where a driver has travelled and at what time of day for example – into useful real-time predictions, such as where a driver is headed at the time of departure. Here’s how the technology could work: • After a vehicle owner opts in to use the service, an encrypted driver data usage profile is built based on routes and time of travel. In essence, the system learns key information about how the driver is using the vehicle • Upon starting the vehicle, Google Prediction will use historical driving behaviour to evaluate given the current time of day and location to develop a prediction of the most likely destination and how to optimize driving performance to and from that location • An on-board computer might say, “Good morning, are you going to work?” If the driver is in fact going to work, the response would be, “Yes,” and then an optimized powertrain control strategy would be created for the trip. A predicted route of travel could include an area restricted to electric-only driving. Therefore, the plug-in hybrid could program itself to optimize energy usage over the total distance of the route in order to preserve enough battery power to switch to all-electric mode when travelling within the EV-only zone. Source: Ford

New Ford Focus gets Bosch navi with improved eco-route feature Bosch has announced that it developed the new SD Card navigation system with 5″ display for the new Ford Focus. The system not only provides its users with fastest route options but also offers the choice of a new type of ecological route to enable fuel-optimized driving. As an improvement on previous systems that search for ecological routes, this system does not simply calculate the statistical average of the fastest and shortest route but also takes other important ecological and economical factors into consideration. First, this includes such map-based parameters as the route profile – e.g. the road classification concerned, how many towns or villages must be passed through on the way or the number of intersections. Then, there are also vehicle-specific properties stored in the system, including the engine and the transmission used and the aerodynamic resistance of the new Ford Focus to calculate how much fuel the individual vehicle model consumes. Source: Bosch

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France scraps planned ban on speed camera warning devices How it all happened...

SPEED CAMERA WARNING DEVICES

‘DANGEROUS ZONE’ WARNING DEVICES

Government announces radical ban on all speed camera warning devices

Device makers form AFFTAC and threaten mass protests

Government backtracks and signs a deal with AFFTAC

ALL WITHIN A MONTH In early May, the French Government announced plans to ban all speed camera warning devices, giving road safety as the excuse. Soon after the announcement, Coyote, Inforad and Wikango created AFFTAC - Association of French Suppliers implementing Driver Assistance Technologies. This group requested its huge pool of customers (over 4.7 million) to mobilize and join a nationwide protest on May 18 particularly in major cities such as Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Paris. A petition was also submitted to the Government requesting a reversal on the announced ban. Responding to the mounting pressure, the Government backtracked and came to an agreement with AFFTAC. Whilst using speed cameras will be not illegal, device makers have been asked to reprogram the devices so that they no longer point out the exact location of an upcoming speed trap. Instead, drivers will be warned of “dangerous zones” where they should reduce their speed. Under the new agreement, the government will co-operate with manufacturers and provide details of the speed limits on each stretch of road and real-time traffic information that will “allow drivers to adapt their speed depending on the limits and the circumstances”. However, Road safety organisations are still concerned that the deal is merely a way of calling speed camera warning equipment by another name, and are taking the agreement with a pinch of salt. According to the Ministry of Interior, there is no question of merely a change in name. “The deal means that these devices will help motorists as they drive, but in no way, will these systems be allowed to pass on information warning of the presence of fixed and mobile radars,” a spokesman told La Croix, a French newspaper. “The zones dangerous areas are accident-prone areas, not necessarily those where there are speed cameras,” Secretary of State for Transport Thierry Mariani told the paper. Source: French News Online

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Feature Article

Navigation and traffic

China: 1.5 million cars sold annually will have navi with traffic info by 2015 By 2015, SBD forecasts that in China over 1.5 million cars sold annually will be fitted with navigation systems that are capable of receiving traffic information, representing almost 10% of new car sales. However, this figure masks the challenges that lie ahead for the traffic information industry in this emerging market. Almost every part of the traffic information value chain in China is struggling with weaknesses that are holding back the market for traffic receivers from growing at an even faster rate. As a result of the weaknesses, traffic information services are seen by many to be offering poor quality, and are therefore being poorly adopted by vehicle manufacturers. In the short term, the traffic information ecosystem is expected to undergo mild improvements due to: • A larger number of data sources as local authorities mandate GPS/GSM units on a growing proportion of taxis, and as telecom operators (such as China Mobile) begin to more aggressively deploy cFCD solutions • An influx of foreign traffic specialists partnering with local service providers in order to help them improve their traffic fusion expertise, thereby enhancing the quality of traffic services Longer term success and profitability will only be secured when the relationship between commercial service providers and local authorities matures. Currently, this relationship is forcing commercial service providers to overcome unnecessarily complex and expensive bureaucratic hurdles in order to obtain public traffic data. SBD believes that the only remedy to this problem will be a more proactive involvement from the central government in setting minimum standards for sharing traffic data across the entire value chain. Source: SBD

NNG completes EU-sponsored in-car navigation development project NNG (NavNGo) has announced the completion of its 1½ year development project serving to create a navigation solution to meet the requirements of integrated automotive multimedia and infotainment systems. The company was awarded an EU subsidy and as the result of the project, NNG has now delivered its first line-fit navigation product to a market-leading global motorvehicle Tier 1 supplier. The new product further meets the requirements of automotive start-up and route-planning time which is significantly shorter than the average 10-15 seconds of personal navigation devices. The software works on the most widespread automotive operating system, acts on standards of sensor transmission signals and is ready to be integrated with the multimedia devices of a wide range of vehicles. Source: NNG

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Smartphone and apps

US: Pioneer launches ‘AppRadio’ with full iPhone integration

Pioneer has recently launched its AppRadio in-car infotainment system that integrates the iPhone 4 in the car. The system features a 6.1″ capacitive touchscreen (800 X 480 WVGA) and the front of the system has a simple interface with only three physical buttons: a home button, a volume up button and a volume down button. Apart from its iPhone/iPod support, the system has a built-in AM/FM radio tuner with RDS text information display. The AppRadio includes a 30-pin connector, external GPS antenna, external microphone for hands-free calling and input/output connections to support the addition of an optional rear view camera, wired remote steering wheel control adapter and an external amplifier via one set of preamp outputs. The following functions are via the iPhone: Hands-free calling: AppRadio has built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling using the car’s speakers and the included external microphone. Access to the user’s phonebook is provided via Bluetooth phonebook transfer, with browsing and searching available by touchscreen controls. iPod Out Feature: Pioneer employs Apple’s iPod Out feature enabling the AppRadio system to display the familiar iPod menu, displaying album art, song title and artist. This newly developed interface technology supports iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation) running iOS 4.2 or later. Pioneer centric Apps: The Pioneer AppRadio app on the iPhone enables access to various 3rd party apps via the touch screen. Pioneer has five partners for apps that run on the AppRadio, which include MotionX GPS for turn-by-turn directions, Google Maps, INRIX Traffic, RDIO for on-demand music playback, and Pandora internet radio. Google Maps appears on the AppRadio screen with the same mapping information and features that consumers are familiar with. The system enables users to search, route to locations, view route directions and create bookmarks with the ability to drop pins directly on the map. Note: With the vehicle parked and the parking brake fully engaged, additional apps featuring second screen video output can be viewed on the AppRadio screen. Price & Availability: Pioneer’s AppRadio will be available in late June with a suggested retail price below $500. Source: Pioneer

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Sony & HTC join Terminal Mode consortium

In-car Android phone integration may need ‘Android Open Accessory’ protocol

Sony and HTC have joined the Car Connectivity Consortium as Core and Charter members respectively.

Google has announced ‘Android Open Accessory’ support, which allows external USB hardware (an Android USB accessory) to interact with an Android-powered device in a special “accessory” mode.

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) was launched in March by eleven companies: Nokia, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Alpine, Daimler, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen. These companies are jointly developing and promoting the Terminal Mode solution, to display the smartphone screen on the dashboard of the car. The Consortium is also looking at other incar connectivity solutions such as NFC. The Release Candidate of the Terminal Mode Specification version 1.0.1 has also been finalized. This specification will be the first under the responsibility of the CCC and developed from the technical work group. It is built on top of the 1.0 version. It fixes a couple of bugs and brings more clarity to several protocol mechanisms. In addition, the functionality of the 1.0 version has been slightly extended to ensure more stable implementation and a better user experience. Whereas the changes are not fundamental, they do affect most of the protocols. The 1.1 version will be the first version, which will be covered from CCC certification. It is currently reviewed for final approval. The approved version is expected to be available by the end of June to CCC members only. Source: Car Connectivity Consortium

This promises to effectively be Google’s own version of “Made for iPod” programme that Apple uses for its accessories. Note that all vehicle manufacturers (and/or suppliers) who offer any form of iPod/iPhone integration in the car have be registered with Apple’s Made for iPod programme and use Apple’s iPod Accessory Protocol (iAP). Currently Google’s Open Accessory Standard only includes USB, but Bluetooth support is planned for the future. Android USB accessories are specifically designed to attach to Android-powered devices and adhere to a simple protocol (Android accessory protocol) that allows them to detect Androidpowered devices that support accessory mode. Accessories must also provide 500mA at 5V for charging power. Many previously released Android-powered devices are only capable of acting as a USB device and cannot initiate connections with external USB devices. Android Open Accessory support overcomes this limitation and allows users to build accessories that can interact with an assortment of Android-powered devices by allowing the accessory initiate the connection.

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US: Audi launches roadside assistance smartphone app Audi of America has announced that it will release a new free Audi Roadside App for iPhone users, as well as for Android and some BlackBerry devices. The Audi Roadside App offers a range of features that connect directly with Audi and its roadside assistance partner, Allstate Roadside Services. The app leverages the Audi customer’s pre-registered vehicle information, a smartphone’s GPS capabilities and an intuitive interface to help ease calls for roadside assistance. The App works by accessing an Audi vehicle’s basic information, which is stored as part of the broader roadside assistance service. Audi includes complimentary 24/7 roadside assistance on all new Audi models sold in the United States and Puerto Rico for four years of upon delivery or warranty activation. Owners of older models can use the Audi Roadside App, but Allstate roadside service fees would apply. Source: Audi

US: AAA launches insurance app with post-accident assistance AAA recently launched the latest addition to its suite of free mobile applications with the release of the AAA Insurance app for iPhone and iPad. The AAA Insurance app walks drivers through the post-traffic crash process of collecting information, photos and even requesting a tow truck. The AAA Insurance app provides AAA’s recommended steps on what to do immediately after a traffic collision and helps user to gather important information about the crash needed to submit an insurance claim, such as: Taking photos of the crash scene and damage to the vehicles and property; Documenting vehicle models and people involved in the crash; Documenting the location of the crash; Identifying damage to vehicles by making a few taps on your phone; Documenting witnesses and police report details The AAA Insurance app also provides one-touch access to call police and emergency services, AAA to request a tow and the AAA Insurance claims department, for those AAA Insurance policyholders. Source: GM

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BMW planning to add ‘Dynamic Light Spot’ feature to pedestrian detection

BMW has announced the introduction of a series of technological advancements in vehicle lights that will change the way in which drivers experience their world at night. One of the new lighting innovations is the “Dynamic Light Spot” which is an enhancement of the already available Night Vision system. Dynamic Light Spot is a spotlighting system that automatically directs a beam of light onto pedestrians at an early stage, thus alerting the driver. In critical situations, the safety gain for pedestrians and for the passengers in the vehicle is enormous. BMW Night Vision helps the driver using a thermal imaging camera for anticipatory and safe driving at night. How it works? The BMW Dynamic Light Spot works in conjunction with the thermal imaging camera of the Night Vision. The technology works like this: BMW Night Vision uses an infrared camera with a viewing angle of 24 degrees. It generates a thermal image that shows warm objects – people or animals – as bright shapes. This system uses sensors to identify potentially endangered objects in the driver’s surroundings which are then illuminated in a targeted manner with a spot of light. At the same time, a beam of light projected onto the road in front of the vehicle leading to the possible collision object draws the driver’s attention to that object. Thanks to early recognition of the pedestrian, the driver can either brake in time or take suitable evasive action. By using “BMW Dynamic Light Spot”, the driver can usually avoid a collision or at least reduce its severity. Note: According to BMW, the Dynamic Light Spot will become a standard part of the Night Vision system. Currently, the system is in testing phase. Source: BMW

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Mecel announces Bluetooth internet tethering support for in-car Android apps

Early this year, Mecel announced an Android version of its Betula SDK, (Bluetooth software stack for automotive platforms), so that Android Java apps can access the Bluetooth stack via Mecel APIs. The Android version of Betula also provides a complete set of automotive applicable profiles and will help car makers to evolve Bluetooth connectivity inside the vehicle. It is also delivered together with a wide range of sample apps, which are intended as guidelines for the Bluetooth integration. Mecel has now added Internet connectivity to Betula through the PAN (Personal Area Network) and DUN (Dial Up Networking) Bluetooth profiles. With these profiles, vehicle head units can access and display desired Internet content. The mobile phone becomes a gateway to the Internet by letting the car either use it as a modem or connect to it as a part of a wireless network.

Germany: Vodafone, Ford & Ericsson conduct C2C telematics trial using LTE

Vodafone’s Test and Innovation Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany, has been the testing site for car-to-car (C2C) telematics. The trial, in co-operation with Ford and Ericsson, used LTE to determine how the technology could support applications ranging from infotainment to time-critical driver assistance functions. The tests involved measuring the propagation time between LTE modules fitted to the Ford vehicles. The result, when the leading car braked heavily, an emergency display was triggered in the following Ford car within less than 100 milliseconds. The Cooperative Cars Extended (CoCarX) research project, which has been running since 2009, was established to develop systems and infrastructure that would allow vehicles to update each other with hazard, driving condition and traffic information.

Once the Internet link is established, users can have access to a range of connected services such as traffic information, weather data, Internet radio and location based services such as gas prices, hotel availability, parking areas etc.

This latest effort to use LTE was reported by the trials’ engineers to have demonstrated that it was now possible to use a single LTE connection to support several concurrent car telematics services. The tests also found that LTE was capable of complementing vehicle telematics designs based upon the 802.1p standard by being able to forward relevant messages to a greater number of road users.

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INTERSAFE project: VW and BMW develop intersection assistance systems The INTERSAFE-2 European research initiative, supported by the European DG-ICT Commission, stands for ‘intersection safety’ and has a total budget of €6.5 million. The European Commission is contributing €3.5m, while the industry is putting in €3m. The INTERSAFE-2 partners are: BMW Group, IKA, INRIA, NEC, SWARCO, TRW conekt, VTT, SICK (project coordination), Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Volvo Technology, VTT and Volkswagen AG. At a recent project demonstration day, VW showed a prototype Passat CC, equipped with five assistance functions developed specifically for road junctions: left turn, right turn, intersection crossing, red light and stop sign assistants. If a driver breaks any of the appropriate rules of the road, these functions warn them in three stages of escalation: first an audible warning, then a visual one and finally by a jerk on the brake. BMW also showed a 5 Series test vehicle with a ‘left turn assistant feature’ that is activated automatically as soon as the car’s sensors detect that it is entering the left-turn lane and the car registers the driver’s wish to turn. Recognition of the left-turn lane takes place on two levels. The vehicle positioning function of the navigation system allows the location of the car to be fixed to within a metre at intersections. And a mono camera, comparable with standard cameras already in use, registers the turn-off lane markings and lane borders on the road. With the left turn assistant activated, three laser scanners in the front end of the car map the area up to 100 metres in front of the car. The laser scanners pick up not only cars and trucks, but also 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 10 km/h to prevent a collision. Source: BMW, VW

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