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BMW ConnectedDrive in the New BMW 5 Series Touring: New Possibilities Through Intelligent Networking.

  • BMW exclusive driver assistance systems and mobility services including innovative office functions via Bluetooth.
  • Unique: BMW Parking Assistant and Surround View.
  • Further improvement: Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go and collision warning with brake application function.

Offering a wide range of driver assistance systems and mobility services unique the world over either as standard or optional in the context of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW 5 Series sets new standards in its segment in terms of superior, comfortable and safe motoring. The range comprises a number of features presented for the first time in the new BMW 7 Series and now being introduced, again for the first time, in the upper midrange segment. The various services of BMW ConnectedDrive are supplemented by further innovations which made their world debut in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and are now also available on the BMW 5 Series Touring. The innovations in the area of driver assistance systems include the BMW Parking Assistant, Surround View, a collision warning with brake activation function in combination with Active Cruise Control incorporating Stop & Go and a Speed Limit Device.

Also, the selection of services in areas such as traffic information, emergency call functions, vehicle, enquiry and office services, travel and leisure time planning as well as the Internet has been further enhanced. All of these features focus on the optimum integration of mobile phones and external entertainment devices into the in-car iDrive operating system. This serves as a basis for the innovative office functions available via Bluetooth. BMW is the world’s first and only manufacturer to offer these functions in the context of BMW ConnectedDrive, providing an even higher standard of infotainment in the automobile.

All of these functions available in conjunction with BMW ConnectedDrive focus consistently on three targets: to enhance personal comfort, to optimise the safety of all the car’s occupants and to offer the most modern infotainment standards in the automobile. To meet all these requirements, the exchange of information between the driver, the car itself and the surrounding world is coordinated by BMW ConnectedDrive in a particularly intelligent, target-oriented manner. Up-to-date traffic data or driver assistance systems based on camera and sensor technology give the driver all the information he needs and requires at any time. To make this possible, BMW ConnectedDrive bundles all innovative offers and technologies in the most appropriate manner, making Sheer Driving Pleasure even more comfortable, safer and intense while intentionally leaving the task of selecting information and acting appropriately to the driver as the commander in control of all activities. Benefiting from BMW ConnectedDrive and the innovative driver assistance systems offered in this way, the driver gains greater competence, supremacy and safety in virtually all driving situations.

The innovative BMW Parking Assistant: extra comfort ensured through fully automatic steering and optimum user guidance.
The range of comfort- and safety-relevant driver assistance systems offered by BMW ConnectedDrive is now being supplemented by yet another important innovation. The BMW Parking Assistant, a system presented for the first time on the BMW 5 Series Sedan and now optionally available on the new BMW 5 Series Touring, supports the driver in safely and comfortably manoeuvring into parking spaces running parallel to the road.
The BMW Parking Assistant supports the driver from the start in choosing appropriate parking spaces. Ultrasound sensors integrated in the side indicator surrounds consistently measure the length and width of possible parking spaces next to the road or on the side lane when travelling at a speed of up to 35 km/h. The system thus looks for parking spaces exceeding the length of the car by at least 1.20 metres or 47 inches. Whenever the BMW Parking Assistant is not activated, this measuring process is conducted in the background without emitting any particular signals. But as soon as the driver comes to a stop and shifts to reverse, the iDrive Control Display informs the driver of a suitable parking space by presenting an appropriate symbol. Once the driver has activated the system, all parking spaces sufficient for the car are presented while driving by. In both cases, the driver simply has to press the Controller to use the Parking Assistant for extra convenience.
From this point on, all the driver has to do is operate the gas and brake pedals and supervise the actual driving manoeuvre while the Parking Assistant moves the steering wheel appropriately in order to back up precisely into the parking space available. As the main feature the driver then receives information guiding him though the parking process.
Acoustic and visual messages from PDC Park Distance Control and from the Surround View system likewise available for the first time help the driver to adjust his distance from other vehicles or obstacles ahead of or behind the car in the parking space chosen.


Innovative Surround View: perfect overview when manoeuvring the car.
The new BMW 5 Series Touring is also available with a back-up camera providing images presented in colour and in an optimum perspective on the Control Display. Interactive tracking lines show the driver the optimum steering wheel angle for parking as well as the tightest turning circle. The rear-view camera is particularly helpful when hooking up a trailer, a zoom function serving to enlarge the size of the image around the towbar. Special static lines in the image help the driver in correctly assessing the distance to another vehicle or object while an interactive docking line geared to the angle of the steering wheel enables the driver to back up to the trailer towbar smoothly and precisely.
Surround View, a BMW exclusive feature, provides an even more comprehensive and complete picture of the car and its immediate surroundings. In addition to the back-up camera and the PDC sensors, Surround View uses two cameras in the side mirrors, the data obtained in this way on the car and its surroundings being processed by a central computer. This serves to provide an overall picture presented on the Control Display and showing both the car and its surroundings from a bird’s eye perspective. This clear overview then enables the driver to manoeuvre precisely even in confined space.

Side View is a sub-system of the Surround View option providing specific assistance to the driver in appropriate situations. Side View uses two cameras integrated in the front wings of the car and serving to monitor traffic moving crosswise to the vehicle. The images obtained in this way are likewise transmitted to the Control Display and not only ensure additional comfort in manoeuvring but also provide an early overview of traffic conditions to the left and right of the car, particularly when driving out of a narrow and unclear driveway or car park.

Innovative services offered by BMW ConnectedDrive.
The range of optional services provided by BMW ConnectedDrive to the benefit of the driver of the new BMW 5 Series Touring is truly fascinating. Through BMW Assist, BMW ConnectedDrive offers the driver a wide range of helpful and user-oriented support in many situations both before setting off, while driving, and at his destination. In all, BMW Assist offers an Enhanced Emergency Call function automatically locating the current position of the car, enhanced traffic information, a comprehensive Enquiry Service and the interactive My Info communication channel including the Google Send-to-Car function. BMW TeleServices, in turn, enable the driver, for example, to automatically arrange a service appointment for his car, data determined by the On-Board Condition Based Service diagnostic system on the current condition of components subject to wear and tear being transmitted by telephone to the customer’s BMW Service Partner. And last but not least, the new remote control functions offered by BMW ConnectedDrive enable the driver to lock and unlock the doors to his car and identify its current location down to the last metre by telephone, covering the entire world as a global service.

Innovative navigation functions: the Google services.
Customers using the BMW Assist mobility service can directly access local information provided by the world’s most widely known online search engine from within the car via the Google business directory search function. Location and destination of the vehicle are automatically identified and the results within the area, i.e. the address, telephone number and distance, are then displayed. Furthermore, the results are shown on one of the familiar maps supplied by Google Maps on the Internet. Therefore, analogous to searching a business directory, it is also possible to search the Google Maps database. The results are then easily transferred to the navigation system at the push of a button.
If the URL is provided in the search result, the website can be directly accessed via the link from within the car, provided it is equipped with the optional Internet function.

Furthermore, BMW Assist customers are provided with additional information obtained from Google Maps on a specifically selected destination, using the options menu of the navigation system. This includes all current information also supplied by Google Maps on the Internet, such as pictures, reviews and opening times, for example.

The BMW ConnectedDrive service “My Info” offers the additional possibility to directly transfer complete address datasets and short messages from a PC to the vehicle via the BMW Assist Internet portal. This can be done either by the driver himself or by an authorised person. “My Info” is complemented by “Send to Car” functions by which addresses can be searched for on the Internet using Google Maps and then directly transferred to the vehicle by the driver or an authorised person. This also applies to the “HRS Send to Car” with which it is possible to transfer the address dataset pertaining to a room booked through the Hotel Reservation Service (HRS) from one’s own PC to the vehicle. Both address and telephone number can be accessed from within the vehicle under the menu item “News” and transferred directly to the navigation system or mobile telephone.

Driver profiles: fast and convenient transfer of personal settings.
The Driver Profile service offered by BMW ConnectedDrive facilitates the transfer of a multitude of personal settings such as seat position, position ofexterior mirrors and steering wheel, favourite radio stations, driver assistance options as well display and communication functions. These settings are stored in a profile, which can also be transferred to other BMW vehicles. This is effected either directly via BMW Online or using a USB stick. In this way all changes to the settings are immediately transferred, without the driver having to readjust every single function to his individual preferences. Certain functions such as the language used by the navigation system or interior lighting can be configured on a PC and then transferred via BMW Online or a USB stick. Each setting is dependent upon the equipment featured in the vehicle.

Innovative Office functions via Bluetooth: optimised use of infotainment provided exclusively by BMW.
BMW is the world’s first and only car manufacturer to offer innovative Office functions via Bluetooth for further enhanced entertainment in conjunction with BMW ConnectedDrive. In order to optimise the integration of smartphones, the amount of data that can be transferred to the vehicle via the Bluetooth interface has been further increased. Using the new Office functions provided by BMW ConnectedDrive, calender entries, text messages (SMS), tasks and memos can now be shown on the control display of the iDrive system and communicated by voice output. Using the telephone function, it is possible to transfer contact lists, including image files, from an external mobile phone to the vehicle via the Bluetooth interface. Therefore, in the event of an incoming call, the control display supplies not only the telephone number and name but also the image of the person calling.

Wireless entertainment: Bluetooth Audio Streaming.
A further innovation is the transfer of audio files from external devices via Bluetooth. This permits wireless operation of remote control of the mobile audio player as well as the transfer of stored audio files to the vehicle’s entertainment system. The driver’s very own music library stored in the audio player is shown on the control display of the iDrive operating system. Title selection is effected via the Controller and is also possible whilst making a telephone call.

Album cover display for particularly convenient selection of music.
The use of the new entertainment functions offered by BMW ConnectedDrive is now even more attractive due to the representation of album covers on the control display when selecting music. This information supports a fast and intuitive classification of available music files. This is guaranteed when accessing external audio players integrated into the vehicle via USB interface. The USB cable of the Apple iPod, which now permits the use of all previous and new functions, can be used to connect this player with the vehicle.

Simple vehicle software update for the latest mobile phones.
In addition and for the first time, BMW ConnectedDrive offers drivers the possibility to download from the Internet a vehicle software update for the integration of the latest mobile telephones or audio players. After transferring the software to the vehicle using a USB stick, the new devices can also be completely incorporated into the iDrive system, permitting integrated use of all functions.

Clever and communicative: news including Text-to-Speech function.
The BMW Online News menu comprises the items “Top News”, “Germany”, “The World”, “Trade & Industry”, “Stock Market”, “Sport” and “Panorama” as well as “My News (RSS feeds)”. The latest news from all over the world is supplied directly online by the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The greatest advantage of this is that this information becomes available inside the car at the same time as it is passed on to radio and newspaper editorial departments by the AFT agency. Furthermore, drivers are able to gain access to the news that interests them in particular

If desired, the voice output of news, RSS feeds and the latest weather forecast can be activated using the Text-to-Speech function. This makes driving not only more comfortable, but also safer, as the hands remain on the steering wheel and the eyes on the road at all times.

Innovative combination: collision warning with brake activation function combined with Active Cruise Control and Stop & Go.
The new BMW 5 Series Touring comes as standard with cruise control incorporating an independent brake function. This system controls both the engine and the brakes and, on cars with automatic transmission, the choice of gears, in order to maintain a specific speed pre-selected by the driver. Cruise control consistently identifies longitudinal and lateral acceleration of the car and, where required, reduces the speed of the vehicle by intervening in engine management and the brake system in order to avoid any impairment of comfort in a bend. Where necessary, cruise control also intervenes in the brakes when driving downhill to maintain a controlled driving process at a controlled speed, also when towing a trailer.
Active Cruise Control complete with a Stop & Go function available as an option gives the driver even greater support and assistance. This sophisticated system also comprises an automatic distance control function for cruising smoothly in flowing traffic on the autobahn or a country road and maintaining the distance chosen from the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic at a very low speed. As soon as the distance from the vehicle ahead pre-set by the driver is no longer maintained, Active Cruise Control adjusts the speed of the car by intervening in engine management and building up brake pressure, thus consistently maintaining the right speed in accordance with traffic conditions. As a result, way the vehicle is decelerated and even brought to a halt safely whenever required.
The maximum stopping power generated by Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is 4 metres/sec2, which is however limited at higher speeds to a more comfortable 2.5 metres/sec2. Should the driver be required to intervene because the driver ahead is applying the brakes extremely hard, he will be prompted to do so by appropriate optical and acoustic signals. The release thresholds for the Brake Assistant are lowered at the same time and the Brake Standby function in the DSC system is activated.
After coming to a halt for more than three seconds, the driver is required when setting off again to briefly press down the gas pedal or press the Resume button on the multifunction steering wheel in order to accelerate the car. A further point is that with the system active, the driver is able to control his speed himself at any time by pressing down the accelerator or brake pedal, thus retaining his responsibility at all times.
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go available throughout the road speed range from 30 – 180 km/h (19 – 112 mph) uses the latest generation of radar sensor technology, a full range radar, to perform its function. This innovative radar sensor is integrated inconspicuously in the front air dam of the car, does not require any individual adjustment, and is largely immune to contamination or dirt from outside. The measuring beam emitted by the system is sufficiently broad at short distances of up to approximately 50 metres or 165 feet in order to recognise vehicles on adjacent lanes within certain limits. Whenever another vehicle moves over to the same lane as the driver’s car, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go adjusts the speed of the BMW 5 Series smoothly and softly to the speed of the new car now ahead.
In combination with Active Cruise Control, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is available for the first time with a collision warning incorporating a brake activation function. While both of these systems may be activated independently of one another, they are harmonised and matched to one another in their functions. Collision warning with its brake activation function triggers an alarm in two stages. The pre-warning is an optical message presented as a red car symbol on the instrument cluster and, when fitted, also on the Head-Up Display, telling the driver to increase his distance from the vehicle ahead. As soon as this symbol appears, the brakes are pre-loaded, the release thresholds on the Adaptive Brake Assistant are lowered, and the Brake Standby function on DSC Dynamic Stability Control is activated.
This ensures rapid build-up of full brake pressure in an emergency, the shorter stopping distance made possible in this way reducing the risk of a front-to-rear collision. There is no such pre-warning whenever Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is in use, since this sophisticated system automatically maintains and reinstates an appropriate distance at all times.
The second stage in the collision warning process is activated in the event of an imminent collision (= greater risk), regardless of the operating status of Active Cruise Control. Whenever the driver is required to intervene very quickly, the system sends out an acute warning – in this case not only an optical, but also an acoustic message. It also initiates the braking process required, slowing down the car with stopping power of up to 3 metres/sec2 for a maximum of 1.2 seconds. In combination with a signal flashing on and off in the instrument cluster or, respectively, in the Head-Up Display and an acoustic warning signal, the driver is urged to act immediately. And with the brake system again being pre-loaded, the various functions are already in standby to avoid a collision or, should the worst come to the worst, to significantly reduce the consequences of an impact.


Lane Change Warning monitoring traffic approaching from behind.
Optional Lane Change Warning in the new BMW 5 Series warns the driver of potentially critical situations when overtaking. Using two radar sensors at the rear end of the car, the system monitors traffic conditions on the adjacent lanes, covering an area extending from the blind angle on the next lane all the way back about 60 metres or almost 200 feet. A triangular yellow light symbol integrated in the housing of the driver’s exterior mirror shows the driver that a vehicle is in the critical range, requiring him to check out the situation carefully.
Should the driver set the direction indicator nevertheless, indicating that he is about to change lanes, the LED signal will warn him by flashing on and off. He will also be warned by discreet but unmistakable vibration of the steering wheel.

Lane Departure Warning: camera-based system warning the driver from unintended lane departure even in the dark.
Likewise available as an option, Lane Departure Warning detects unintended departure from the appropriate lane at a speed of at least 70 km/h or 43 mph. This system is made up of a camera fitted near the interior mirror on the windscreen, a control unit for comparing data and a signal generator making the steering wheel vibrate as in the case of a Lane Change Warning. Lane Departure Warning operates as a function of road speed. At high speeds, the system interacts quickly as soon as the car draws close to the side of the road. It does not send out a warning signal, however, if the driver has indicated his intention to change lanes or direction by setting the direction indicator.
The camera incorporated in the Lane Departure Warning system monitors the road markings on at least one side of the car, a control unit calculating the position of the vehicle in relation to such road markings. The system also works in bends, on narrow roads and in the dark, once the headlights have been switched on, making it very helpful under very many everyday driving conditions.

Speed Limit Info and Speed Limit Device.
The camera fitted in the interior mirror also allows the installation of another driver assistance system for extra comfort on the road. Combined with the Professional navigation system, Speed Limit Info helps the driver to keep informed on the speed limit on the route he is currently taking. To provide this function, the camera permanently monitors both the signs along the road and variable speed signs above major routes such as expressways and the autobahn, comparing the data obtained in this way with the data saved in the navigation system. The camera is indeed even able to consider additional road signs applicable, for example, only in rainy weather, as well as temporary speed limits, for example at construction sites. 
The speed limit determined is presented by way of a symbolic speed sign in the instrument cluster or, as an option, on the Head-Up Display until the speed limit changes or is lifted altogether. Relieving the driver of an important chore through its function, Speed Limit Info increases motoring comfort particularly on long distances. The new BMW 5 Series Touring is available in addition to Speed Limit Info with a new Speed Limit Device limiting the maximum speed of the car to any maximum figure set in advance between 30 and 230 km/h (19 and 143 mph). The driver operates the Speed Limit Device by buttons on the left spoke of the steering wheel. And should he wish to drive faster even though the speed limit function has been activated, all he has to do is press down the gas pedal hard for a few seconds to override the limit set in advance. As soon as the car then returns to a speed beneath the limit set, the speed limit function is activated once again.

Head-Up Display: important information right in front of the driver.
The Head-Up Display available as an option for the new BMW 5 Series Touring also follows the philosophy of intuitive control providing appropriate information at all times, thus applying the same optimised concept as in the cockpit. Information relevant to the driver such as his current speed, warnings provided by the driver assistance systems and navigation data is presented by the Head-Up Display directly in the driver’s line of vision, in an ergonomically particularly good and clear position on the windscreen. The driver is able to take in and use this information without re-focusing his line of vision or taking his eyes off the road.
The intensity of this projection is automatically adjusted to surrounding light conditions, with the additional option to adjust the level of brightness through the iDrive menu. The driver is also able to choose the information he would like to receive on the windscreen in addition to road speed and warnings from the driver assistance systems. Depending on the level of equipment in the car, such additional information may be High Guiding data from the navigation system, information from the Speed Limit Info, Check/Control, status reports from the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, the collision warning unit and Lane Departure Warning as well as warnings from the BMW Night Vision system. The information selected is presented exclusively on the Head-Up Display when activated, and no longer in the instrument cluster. Given the sheer number and diversity of driver assistance systems available in the new BMW 5 Series Touring, the range of information available on the Head-Up Display reaches a standard and level of perfection never seen before.

Greater safety when driving at night: BMW Night Vision even able to detect individual persons.
BMW offers an optional night vision system for the BMW 5 Series Touring which is even able to detect individual persons. The second generation of BMW Night Vision sets new standards in avoiding accidents when driving at night. The main feature is a thermal imaging camera fitted at the front end of the car. This camera provides a video image in real time presenting people, animals and other heat-emitting objects in high resolution on the central Control Display even when they are outside of the headlight beam.
This presentation on the screen is supplemented in the case of BMW Night Vision by the automatic detection of persons on or next to the road. To provide this function, the video data is analysed by a control unit using intelligent algorithms to find pedestrians and cyclists potentially on collision course with the car. Once the system detects a possible risk involving such persons, the driver is warned by the Control Display and the optional Head-Up Display. This warning is restricted to pedestrians and cyclists who, on account of the speed, steering angle and yaw rate involved, are on a calculated collision course with the vehicle.

High-beam assistant offers support for optimum visibility.
The optional High-Beam Assistant in the new BMW 5 Series Touring offers additional safety when driving at night. Taking current driving conditions into account, this system switches the high beam on and off automatically as required, consistently giving the driver optimum visibility and at the same time relieving him of the chore to constantly monitor the high beam in the case of oncoming traffic. Processing images generated by a camera integrated in the interior mirror, the High-Beam Assistant recognises vehicles driving ahead in the same direction up to a distance of approximately 400 metres or 440 yards and oncoming vehicles up to a distance of about 1,000 metres or 1,100 yards. A further feature is that the high-beam is switched off automatically as soon as the surrounding light reaches a certain level of intensity, as is the case within city limits for example.

Just in case: emergency call function automatically locating the current position of the car.
Part of the optional BMW Assist telematics service, the BMW ConnectedDrive Enhanced Emergency Call function makes sure that in the event of a collision the rescue services are informed in detail on the type of collision and the risk of injury in good time before arriving at the scene of an accident. This allows them to prepare appropriate medical treatment of the persons injured well in advance.
Information transmitted to the BMW Call Center by the Enhanced Emergency Call function automatically locating the vehicle specifies not only the exact location but also the mobile telephone number connected to the car, the chassis number, type of vehicle, its colour as well as data compiled by sensors in the car indicating the type and intensity of the collision. Activation of restraint systems as well as the occupancy and belt status on the front seats are also identified. The system is even able to detect head-on, rear-end, side-Apart from sending out an automatic emergency call, the Enhanced Emergency Call function enables the driver or passenger to manually activate an emergency call going straight to the BMW Call Center.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 May 2010 17:55  

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