Munich. Level 3 highly automated driving, which
allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and
temporarily divert their attention away from the road, will soon be
available in the new BMW 7 Series. BMW Personal Pilot
L3 is the name of the new function that relieves the
person at the wheel of the task of driving in certain situations and
controls the car’s speed, distance to the vehicle ahead and lane
positioning for them. This new option can be ordered for the
new BMW 7 Series (excluding the i7 eDrive50 and i7 M70
xDrive)* from December to be fitted in vehicles from next March.
Designed to assume the entire task of driving with Level 3
capability as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers
(SAE), thehighly automated driving function will be offered
exclusively in Germany priced at 6,000 euros (incl. VAT).
This innovative technology allows drivers to redirect their focus to
other in-vehicle activities when travelling at up to 60 km/h (37 mph)
on motorways with structurally separated carriageways. Thanks to its
particularly sophisticated sensors, this is the first system of its
kind that can also be used in the dark.
The introduction of Level 3 functionality in BMW 7 Series models will
make the BMW Group the first carmaker to offer both an
advanced Level 2 driving function in its product portfolio where the
hands can be taken off the steering wheel and
positioned comfortably and a Level 3 system. The
BMW Highway Assistant already offers a highly
innovative SAE Level 2 partially automated driving
function in all new BMW 5 Series models. The package
also includes a unique feature in the form of the Active Lane Change
Assistant with eye confirmation. This function is primarily designed
for use over long-distance journeys in the new BMW
5 Series, allowing the driver to adopt an extremely relaxed
posture behind the steering wheel. When travelling at up to 130 km/h
(81 mph), this additional function of the Steering and Lane Control
Assistant can take control over the car’s speed, the distance to the
vehicle in front and the car’s steering.
The crucial difference between Level 2 and Level 3 is that with Level
2 (partially automated driving) responsibility continues to lie with
the driver at all times. Whenever the BMW Highway Assistant
is in use,drivers must watch what is happening on the road
and be able to take over the task of driving again at all times. This
is continuously monitored using an intelligent attentiveness camera.
The BMW Personal Pilot L3 for Level 3 highly
automated driving in the BMW 7 Series gives drivers the option of
concentrating on secondary in-vehicle activities away
from what is happening on the road. In a BMW 7 Series with the BMW
Personal Pilot L3 activated, customers will be able to edit
e-mails, for example, or engage more deeply in telephone
calls while travelling at up to 60 km/h (37 mph). They can also use
digital services for e.g. streaming videos from various
providers on the central display during a journey. This makes
the new BMW Personal Pilot L3 the ideal solution for making good use
of time spent in slow-moving traffic or tailbacks during daily
Symbols appear on the display behind the steering wheel as
appropriate to indicate whether the BMW Personal Pilot
L3 is available. It is activated and deactivated by a button
on the steering wheel. When the function is being used, the customer
still has to be ready to reassume the task of driving at any time –
i.e. as soon as the situation on the road requires them to or the
stretch of road suitable for using the BMW Personal Pilot L3 comes to
an end. Visual and acoustic signals let the driver know they have to
take over control once more. If the driver does not respond as
required, the vehicle is brought to a controlled standstill.
The live HD map with precise routes is permanently aligned with
extremely accurate GPS location-finding and works with 360° sensors to
ensure exact positioning and monitoring of the area around the
vehicle. The live HD map is always up to the minute thanks to regular
updates. In the new BMW 7 Series, this functionality is underpinned
technologically by a new software stack, a powerful computing platform
and a 5G link-up to the BMW Cloud. Besides the cameras, vehicles
specified with the BMW Personal Pilot L3 are also fitted with
latest-generation ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors and a
highly sensitive 3D lidar sensor for monitoring the
area around the vehicle and the situation on the road.
This package of technology means that the BMW Personal Pilot
L3 works very reliably even in the dark. These various
qualities are unmatched by any rival. SAE Level 3 automated driving
helps improve both comfort and safety on public roads.
*The BMW Personal Pilot L3 is only available in conjunction with the
relevant BMW Connected Drive services. The period of validity for
these services is two years.
BMW i7 M70 xDrive:
Power consumption in kWh/100 km combined: 23,8 – 20,8 WLTP.
BMW i7 eDrive50:
Power consumption in kWh/100 km combined: 20,3 – 19,1 WLTP.