BMW has been doing a lot of work lately on automated driving systems, with the BMW TrackTrainer and Emergency Stop Assistant. The brand is now taking it a step further with Highly Automated Driving, designed for everyday use on roadways. BMW has actually been testing automated driving vehicles for some time. In fact, BMW has already completed over 3,000 miles of testing with their test team.
But in order to offer drivers comfortable and safe vehicles in the future, equipped with the most modern assistance systems available, the engineers at BMW Group Research and Technology have been working on the development of electronic co-pilots to support automated driving in specific situations.
To accomplish this, researchers have equipped a BMW 5 Saloon with intelligent software as well as vision assistance and environment detection systems. The advanced automated assistance function for motorway journeys can be activated with the push of a button. From this point on, the prototype system can autonomously control acceleration and braking, and it can safely pass slower vehicles.
By accessing digital maps, the camera and the localization data of an extremely precise GPS, the automated vehicle prototype can determine its location in its own lane, and it also receives exact information about the characteristics of the route ahead, including the number of lanes that section of the motorway has. This information is supplemented by data from the forward-looking camera integrated in the lane departure warning system. Objects in front of the vehicle are detected by the radar sensors of the adaptive cruise control system with Stop and Go function and by a laser scanner as well. The same is true for objects at the sides or rear of the vehicle.
The emergency stop assistant prototype realized by BMW is yet another milestone in the development of automated functions for assisted driving. The system incorporates innovative technologies for controlling and pinpointing the location of a motor vehicle and analyzing the vehicle environment for added safety. The system activates the emergency flashers, carefully monitors traffic and guides the vehicle to the right shoulder of the road.
Research will also continue on automated vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems in order to develop innovative assistance functions for the future. For example, the Parking Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant in the BMW i3 Concept, coming to Phoenix BMW dealerships in 2014. Since the BMW i3 Concept is primarily designed as an urban vehicle, it is equipped with functions that make parking easier and driving in congested traffic less stressful. The park assistant automatically parks the vehicle without any driver intervention. The car accelerates and brakes on its own, and shifts gears from forward to reverse as needed when difficult parking maneuvers are required. The Traffic Jam Assistant helps drivers to relax in rather tedious traffic situations and congested areas. It maintains a safe distance between vehicles and automatically controls the speed and steering, and is able to stop the car if necessary.
Although it may be a few years before we actually see a self-driving automobile, they are definitely getting closer. Visit Chapman BMW on I-10 for more information.
According to BMW, there are definite plans for a new front-wheel-drive entry-level sedan for 2017, falling in just below the existing 3-series sedan. The new four-door will be the first of a new range of front-wheel-drive models set to join the BMW lineup in the near future.
The BMW 1-Series front-wheel-drive sedan is described by BMW as being in the strategic planning stage, in which designers and engineers are asked to lay down preliminary guidelines for the new model. BMW says it is soon moving into the test and development phase.
The basis for the new BMW is the company’s new entry-level structure. It will ultimately replace the 3-series sedan as the company’s most affordable four-door sedan model. The entry-level model is set to officially make its debut underneath the new Mini hatchback at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
Engines will include transversely mounted three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. It’s also likely that a plug-in gas-electric hybrid driveline will be offered at a later stage as part of BMW’s EfficientDynamics initiative.
Although it is still a few years away from arriving at Chapman BMW, the 1-series sedan is rumored to be stiff competition for the recently launched Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA, both of which are based around similar front-wheel-drive underpinnings. Like the competition, the new BMW model has been developed to support standard front-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive.
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With the 2014 Model, BMW X5 is celebrating its third generation. Although the X5 platform carries over unchanged, the new X5 is bigger, more powerful and lighter than the previous version and is also equipped with the latest in hi-tech features.
Coming soon to a Phoenix BMW dealer, the rear-wheel-drive sDrive35i, a first-time offering for the X5, and all-wheel-drive xDrive35i will both use a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder generating 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. According to cars.com, the new all-wheel-drive X5 is 0.2 second quicker, blasting from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The top-trim xDrive50i gets a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 generating 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The new xDrive50i covers zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
The 2014 BMW X5 comes with a variety of suspension options including dynamic damper control, automatic rear self-leveling and the adaptive M suspension. Adaptive M suspension is part of the M Sport package, and it adds a rear air suspension and more aggressive tuning. A Dynamic Handling package combines dynamic damper control, automatic rear self-leveling suspension, dynamic performance control and active roll stabilization.
The X5’s exterior style progresses toward the distinct BMW look. The signature twin kidney grilles now meet the edge of the headlight housings, the latter encasing new flat-bottomed signature corona rings. Air Curtains and Air Breathers, cutouts in the front fascia and front fenders to aid cooling and aerodynamics, are also new for 2014.
Every X5 comes with an extensive list of options and packages to make the X5 one of the sportiest luxury SUVs around. This includes trick features such as four-zone automatic climate control, automatic soft-close doors, active LED headlights, night vision and a full-color head-up display. The M Sport package, for example, bundles 19-inch wheels, an aero body kit, sport seats and a snappier transmission.
A full collection of built-in advanced tech and safety features include a navigation system with 10.2-inch touchscreen, giving the X5 a contemporary electronic edge. A new 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat also makes for more flexible cargo arrangements.
The 2014 BMW X5 goes on sale late this year, with the diesel model expected early next winter. Visit Chapman BMW for the latest updates.
BMW is known for its quality, high-end vehicles. This is especially true of its diesel vehicles, which boast high ratings and good gas mileage. The automaker celebrates 30 years of making diesel vehicles, thus making it a huge contributor to our current diesel options. Three of the favorite diesel BMW’s are highlighted below. To find BMW’s for sale near you check out your local BMW dealership.
BMW 328d Sedan: The 2014 MBW 328d Sedan is a must buy, according to caranddriver.com. It can get 32 mpg in the city and up to 45 mpg on the highway. This car starts off at about $40,000 and replaces the 335d, which was discontinued in 2012. Both model options include power seats, fold down rear seats and dimming side mirrors with the usual trim options available.
BMW 535d: According to caranddriver.com, the BMW 535d is one of the few diesel’s in its class. The vehicle costs about $57,000 and makes 256 horsepower. All-wheel drive is available for an extra charge. Like the Audi A6, the BMW 535d is a six-cylinder sedan and gets and estimated 38 mpg on the highway. Check out new BMWs for sale for trim options.
BMW x5 xDrive35d: This is certainly the idea car for consumers looking for something a little bigger. The diesel powered SUV gets about 26 mpg on the highway and makes 265 horsepower. The vehicle costs about $57,000 and comes with a state-of-the-art entertainment system and a 6-cylinder engine.
You can’t go wrong with these luxury vehicles, which have received positive reviews from drivers. To test-drive a BMW diesel vehicle check out Chapman BMW for new and certified pre-owned models.
BMW has officially declared cease production of the fourth generation M3 coupe. The fourth-generation M3 started in production in 2007 and during this period, there were 40 thousand units sold.
However, if you still want a BMW in Phoenix, BMW plans to replace the 3-Series with the 4-series. BMW says that the M3 was a trailblazer in its class when it came to intelligent lightweight construction as it featured an aluminum bonnet, plastic front side panels and a carbon fiber roof. BMW also produced some small-series variants of the M3, such as the M3 GTS. According to BMW, the future 4-Series line is the future of the BMW M-Series.
The arrival of the all-new BMW 4 Series is set for October. Representing the fourth generation of BMW’s premium mid-size coupe, the all-new BMW 4 Series embodies the sporty nature of this segment in every aspect of its design, performance and dynamics. Altogether, the BMW 4 Series Coupe sets itself apart from its predecessor in every aspect, sporting a clearly more dynamic and muscular design language, substantial technical differentiation and a host of innovative new features.
While the BMW 4 Series Coupé’s chassis is based on the latest 3 Series sedan, some significant changes have been made to promise a higher level of accuracy and agility. The chassis has been significantly extended, with 50 mm added to the wheel base and substantial increases to the track width – 45 mm extra at the front and a full 80 mm at the rear.
Powered by the latest in engine technology, the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé models are all equipped with BMW Twin Power turbo engines boasting exhilarating power and torque figures, yet still returning impressive fuel economy.
Additionally, all models combine ultra-efficient engine and transmission combinations with a suite of BMW Efficient Dynamics technologies to achieve exemplary consumption and emissions figures. Each BMW 4 Series Coupé is equipped with Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode and on-demand ancillaries such as electric power steering.
The highest level of safety is ensured with the full array of BMW Dynamic Stability Control systems, six airbags covering all seating positions, Active protection which initiates protective measures if an accident situation is imminent and a powerful braking system with front and rear inner vented discs.
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