BMW has officially introduced Level 3 highly automated driving technology in its new BMW 7 Series (excluding the i7 eDrive50 and i7 M70 xDrive). Named the BMW Personal Pilot L3, this advanced driving function enables drivers to momentarily disengage from the steering wheel and shift their attention away from the road under specific conditions. The system takes charge of crucial driving tasks, including speed control, maintaining safe distances from other vehicles, and precise lane positioning.
BMW enthusiasts can place orders for the BMW Personal Pilot L3 option starting December of this year, with installations expected to commence in March of the following year. Priced at 6,000 euros (RM30k), this cutting-edge technology will initially be available exclusively in Germany.
Compliant with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level 3 standards, this highly automated driving function empowers drivers to focus on in-vehicle activities while travelling at speeds up to 60km/h on highways with structurally separated carriageways.
Boasting sophisticated sensors, the BMW Personal Pilot L3 is a trailblazer as the first system of its kind that functions seamlessly in low-light conditions, greatly expanding its operational scope and user convenience.
With the integration of Level 3 functionality in the new BMW 7 Series, BMW has set an industry benchmark, becoming the first automaker to offer both advanced Level 2 driving capabilities and a Level 3 system. The Level 2 function, known as BMW Highway Assistant, is already available across all-new BMW 5 Series models.
While Level 2 necessitates continuous driver vigilance, Level 3 permits drivers to engage in secondary in-vehicle activities, provided they can promptly reassume control when required. Visual and acoustic signals serve as prompts for the driver to regain control if necessary.
The technology incorporates a live HD map, precise GPS location-finding, 360° sensors, ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors, and a 3D lidar sensor. This comprehensive sensor suite ensures accurate monitoring and positioning, making the system reliable even in low-light conditions.
The BMW Personal Pilot L3 is tailored for scenarios such as slow-moving traffic or tailbacks during daily motorway commutes. Drivers can seamlessly engage in tasks like editing emails, making phone calls, or utilising digital services while the Level 3 automation is active.
The introduction of Level 3 automation in the BMW 7 Series underscores the brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation, enhancing driving comfort, and redefining safety standards in the automotive industry. BMW continues to pioneer advancements that align with the evolving landscape of autonomous driving technologies.