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CES 2014: BMW ConnectedDrive and iRemote App

BMW was head-on at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing casing new apps and a ConnectedDrive System

Heres a look at the new iRemote and some of BMW ConnectedDrive Safety Systems

Understanding the BMW iRemote for Samsung Galaxy Gear!

Coupe Years Ago i thought to myself, in my never ending ways to make car better or phones or TV, am always looking for ways to make electronics better, however couples years ago, I take a look at a Lexus Key Fob and thought to myself my has cars take control on the growth in mobile phones and let cars connect with mobile phones such as opening and closing when you just can’t find your key, because its way down in the bottom of the bag and your too tired to look, I came up with many ways for cars keys to be simpler then what they are now, one of those ways was making cars keys or luxury driven cars like the LS S CLASS 7 Series and Others into watches, because that’s one thing a guy always wear jewelry wise except for that dreaded wedding ring and another thing that female love as well. So maybe they could produce a His Hers watch key sets and when purchasing the vehicle then you would purchase the type of key you would want and add a normal set of spears keys as well.
The Fact that Wearable tech is taken off now and the Mobile Smartphone is making a way to our clothes I see the iRemote app as the next best thing to how we interact with our cars on an easy basis.

How BMW Explain their new App and Connected System:

The BMW i3 – with its integrated SIM card – is the world’s first fully connected electrically powered car; in no other model will you find such a high level of interaction between the driver, vehicle and outside world. The presentation of the BMW i3 brought with it the debut appearance of the BMW i Remote App, which allows drivers to share information with the vehicle at any time via their smartphone. They can check whether the windows are shut, for example, or lock the car remotely. And now BMW is using the CES to present a new research prototype – the Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions.
The arrival of smartphones has changed our everyday lives for the long term, with internet and digital services now something we take for granted. Smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear can further boost this trend and fundamentally change the way we use mobile devices all over again. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is worn on the wrist like a watch and cleverly complements the linked smartphone. Users can view important information on the smartwatch without having to take their smartphone out of their pocket, unlock a screen or enter a code.

The BMW i Remote App research application developed by BMW greets the Samsung Galaxy Gear user’s first glance with not just the time, but also the BMW i3’s range on electric power, battery charge available and any inputted departure times. Using the Samsung Galaxy Gear’s touch display to click on the figures sent by the application opens a sub-menu containing more detailed information, which is presented in the hallmark classy colours and style of BMW i. Another sub-menu informs the user of the vehicle’s current status, such as if any of the doors, windows or the sunroof are open – data which is also offered by the BMW i Remote App. The research application additionally enables users to send navigation destinations to their vehicle and to regulate the climate on board – with the option of using voice commands via S Voice, Samsung’s speech recognition system. All of which provides a fine complement to the smartwatch’s ability to deliver information quickly, directly and in real time.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions research prototype represents an excellent smartphone add-on for linking customers seamlessly with their BMW mobility ecosystem. At the same time, the application is proof of how quickly BMW ConnectedDrive can and will react to the rapid pace of innovation in the entertainment and infotainment sectors through the introduction of clever solutions.

BMW New assistance systems enhance comfort and safety

The BMW Group has taken advantage of advances in camera technology to develop a generation of assistance systems based exclusively on vision-based sensing. These systems use information acquired by a mono camera mounted in the base of the rear-view mirror. Such data has long been used by systems like Speed Limit Info, which combines camera and navigation data to keep the driver informed at all times about fixed and variable speed limits. Camera-based applications offer similar functionality to radar-based technology, but are better at detecting stationary obstacles. Although they have certain requirements in terms of light conditions, such systems have a wide vision angle which makes it possible to detect vehicles that are pulling out or cutting in in front of the driver’s vehicle, even if they are right at the edges of the driver’s field of vision. Camera-based systems can therefore help to improve safety in market segments where there has previously been no demand for expensive radar-based applications. The camera-based systems Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, and Traffic Jam Assist are all already available in the innovative BMW i3.

The new Parking Assistant, meanwhile, is based on ultrasound sensors. The system can provide both lateral control – i.e. steering – and longitudinal control, comprising braking, acceleration and switching between forward and reverse gears. The system sets new benchmarks in the field of automated parallel parking technology.

Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. 

The new BMW assistance system Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function significantly improves pedestrian safety in urban environments. The movement patterns of pedestrians in urban traffic environments tend to be very variable, with frequent sudden stops or changes in direction. Monitoring pedestrians’ movements therefore poses a considerably greater challenge for assistance systems than, say, monitoring preceding vehicles.

Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function operate in the typical city speed range between 10 and 60 km/h (6 and 37 mph). If the system detects a pedestrian or a stationary vehicle, it emits an audible and visible signal to warn the driver, and primes the brakes. If the driver fails to react by stepping on the brake or by steering away from the hazard, the system acts autonomously to reduce vehicle speed. This will ideally prevent, or at least mitigate the severity of, a collision with a pedestrian or vehicle. With the mono camera, Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function use the same proven basic technology as other assistance systems such as Lane Departure Warning.

 Camera-based Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.

The camera-based Cruise Control with Stop & Go function saves drivers having to constantly make minor corrections to their following distance and speed when driving in heavy traffic on motorways, on dual carriageways and, especially, in towns. With its ability to detect vehicles up to a distance of 120 metres ahead, the cruise control system is able to respond proactively. Operating at speeds between 0 and 140 km/h (87 mph), it maintains a preselected speed and a preselected following distance from traffic in front. These functions – including brief stops – are performed via the electronic engine and braking control systems. The system can also reliably detect if another vehicle has come to a sudden stop.

In free-flowing traffic, automatic deceleration by the camera-based Cruise Control with Stop & Go function is confined to gentle braking. If the situation demands more vigorous braking, the system issues visual and audible warnings to prompt the driver himself to intervene.

In heavy, stop-go traffic, on the other hand, the automatic deceleration also includes more vigorous braking, for maximum driver comfort. This ensures that system functionality is matched to the special demands of such situations with their constant fluctuations in speed.

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Press Volt: BMW ConnectedDrive Press Release

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