BMW i3 Collision Avoidance – Video

JAN 31 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 8

No no NO NO NO!…... Never mind.

The collision avoidance system stopped the i3 as it was charging at full speed towards that fake wall.

“360-degree collision avoidance is based on precise position and environment sensing. Four highly advanced laser scanners monitor the surroundings of the research vehicle (a BMW i3) and accurately identify obstacles, such as pillars in multistorey car parks. An audible signal warns the driver in a potential collision situation.”

In the video above, you will get to see how the BMW i3’s Collision Avoidance system literally avoids all collisions. Every time there is a potential collision about to occur, the i3 does not let it happen.

We will admit, some of these tests worried us a bit. It’s not everyday that you are charging at a wall with your vehicle, even if that wall is fake and probably weighs only a few pounds.

You will also notice the i3 turn on a dime. It’s a smaller and lighter vehicle with narrow tires. Maneuverability is a strong suit in the i3.

The Collision Avoidance system was revealed at CES 2015.  It should come to production i3s, and other BMWs, in the near future.

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8 Comments on "BMW i3 Collision Avoidance – Video"

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Warren M

Wow, my dad needs this system!

Jon

haha same but my mom

viatierra

Pretty cool, but isn’t this how the machines will learn the instinct for survival?

Micke Larsson

Why did they manually parallel park it when it already has an automatic parallel parking feature that is better than 99,999999% of human drivers?

CompuMagic

I have had the i3 since May 28th, 2014, and while it does not have the advanced laser scanners (as the video says the research vehicle has), it does have 4 sonar based sensors in the front and back bumpers. The vehicle has, on a few occasions, automatically braked and prevented me from hitting objects. I was quite surprised by it, and it behaved just like in the video. I thought the sonic radar system was only used by the active cruise control and backing up.

EV

I am a collision avoidance system, available in any car i sit in, and i dont cost anything

Big Solar

Sold! Be here tomorrow at 9 am sharp.

Mike I

I think the concept of a “virtual force field” around the car that can prevent the driver from hitting things at low speed is much more broadly applicable and useful than “Autopilot”.