BMW Pioneers Combination of Level 2 and 3 Driving Assistance Systems

BMW has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first car manufacturer to receive approval for combining Level 2 and Level 3 driving assistance systems in one vehicle. The new BMW 7 Series features the BMW Highway Assistant (Level 2) and BMW Personal Pilot L3 (Level 3), enhancing the automated driving experience.

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The BMW Highway Assistant boosts comfort on long journeys by allowing hands-free driving on motorways at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph). This system uses Active Lane Change Assistant to manage lane changes without driver intervention, requiring only a glance in the mirror to confirm.

The BMW Personal Pilot L3 takes automation further, enabling hands-free driving at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph) in traffic jams. Drivers can engage in other activities like making calls or streaming videos, though they must be ready to reassume control when prompted.

This dual-system integration marks a major advancement, offering a more comfortable and relaxing driving experience. The BMW Highway Assistant and Driving Assistant Professional are included in the optional BMW Personal Pilot L3 package, available in Germany for €6,000. Existing customers can add the Highway Assistant free of charge from August 2024.

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