New 2 Series from BMW Gets Extensive ADAS

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – BMW has introduced a new 2 Series filled with driver assistance systems designed to increase safety and drive comfort.

These features are amongst the significant upgrades to the cars’ dynamic and luxury features.

The complement of advanced driver-assist systems of the new BMW 2 Series include:

Frontal Collision Warning with braking is able to react to moving and stationary vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Lane Departure Warning with lane keep assist, which can be used between 44 – 130 mph, alerts the driver with steering wheel vibrations if they are unintentionally drifting out of their lane and helps them guide the car back onto the correct course with a steering input. The system now analyzes the road conditions more precisely. On extremely narrow roads, the course correction assistance is suppressed so that if a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, the driver can easily move onto the side of the road.

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Rear cross-traffic alert reduces the danger of a collision when reversing towards roads that are difficult to see into.

Now available, Active Blind Spot Detection, alerts the driver to vehicles which are within a critical distance in the adjacent lane or approaching quickly from the rear. The warning takes the form of an illuminating signal in the side mirror.

The standard Dynamic Cruise Control with braking function maintains the desired speed set by the driver while automatically braking, if necessary, on down hills and down to a comfortable speed in corners.

The optional Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go automatically keeps a safe distance from vehicles travelling ahead – with a choice of four proximity settings. This system works between 19 – 99 mph and is capable of braking the vehicle to a standstill and setting off again automatically after short pauses lasting up to 30 seconds.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupe is equipped with a standard rear-view camera and front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC) sensors.

The optional Parking Assistance Package helps the driver to select and use parking spaces either parallel or perpendicular to the road. It can also be used for pulling out of spaces parallel to the road. As well as steering inputs, the Parking Assistant carries out acceleration, braking and gear changes required for the maneuver.

The Back-Up Assistant, included in the Parking Assistance Package, offers the highly convenient automated reversing in confined spaces or situations where the driver does not have a clear view, such as narrow, windy driveways, over a distance of up to 50 yards.  All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedal and monitor the vehicle’s surroundings.

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Additional features in the Parking Assistance Package include Surround View including Top View, Panorama View and 3D View which help to create a 360-degree image of the vehicle and its surroundings, which is shown from various angles in the control display. The Remote 3D View function gives drivers the ability to call up a three-dimensional live image of their vehicle and its immediate vicinity on their smartphone.

The optional BMW Drive Recorder, available on cars with Parking Assistance Package, uses the driver assistance systems’ cameras to record video images all around the vehicle, so these can be stored and later either played back on the control display when the vehicle is stationary or exported via the USB interface. It allows the driver to record videos up to 40 seconds in length while driving and in the event of a collision, up to 20 seconds of video taken both before and after the impact (i.e. 40 seconds in total) are stored.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.