BMW is set to demonstrate Active Assist: Remote Valet Parking at the upcoming 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
Announced at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, BMW has officially introduced their fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant. The German car manufacturer will display a specially adapted version of its i3 electric car to the show that can safely negotiate a multi-storey parking lot, identify and park in a space that’s available without any assistance.
Remote Valet Parking Assistant is part of a 360-degree collision avoidance system in which four advanced laser scanners record the environment and identify impediments in the parking structures. If the driver comes too close to the identified obstacles, the car will automatically apply the brakes, allowing the vehicle to come to a complete stop. However, if he/she begins to steer away from the obstacle, the brakes are released, as BMW has ensured that the driver retains the ability to override any aspect of this system at any time.
The above technology extends into parking, as well. BMW’s fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant in its BMW i3 research vehicle combines information from the laser scanners with the digital site plan of a building. If the driver uses the smartwatch to activate the fully automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant, the system will steer the vehicle independently through the levels, while the driver has already got out of the car.Once the BMW i3 has arrived at the parking space, the vehicle locks itself and waits to be called by smartwatch and voice command. The Remote Valet Parking Assistant then calculates the exact time until the driver arrives at the car park and starts up the BMW i3 so that it arrives at the car park exit at exactly the right time.
The BMW system is equally effective on the open road, providing 360° collision avoidance and alerting the driver as to potential obstacles and even taking control in emergencies, turning the wheel and applying the brakes. In additional the system features also BMW 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.