BMW 7 Series First to Offer Level 2 & Level 3 Driver Assistance Together

BMW 7 Series First with Level 2 & Level 3 Driver Assistance

BMW has taken a groundbreaking step towards the future of automated driving with the new 7 Series. This innovative sedan boasts a unique combination of two advanced driver-assistance systems: the Level 2 BMW Highway Assistant and the Level 3 BMW Personal Pilot L3. This industry-first offering allows drivers to experience the benefits of both partially and highly automated driving within the same vehicle, setting a new benchmark for comfort, safety, and in-car experience.

Enhanced Comfort on Long Journeys with Level 2 Highway Assistant

The Level 2 Highway Assistant elevates comfort significantly on long-distance trips. This advanced system operates at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph) on motorways with separated carriageways. It allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, promoting a more relaxed driving posture. However, the system emphasizes continued attention to the road and the ability to resume control at any moment.

Adding to the convenience factor, the Highway Assistant features an ingenious Active Lane Change Assistant. This feature facilitates lane changes without requiring the driver to steer. It assesses traffic conditions, adjusts vehicle speed, and performs the necessary steering maneuvers for a safe and smooth overtaking experience. Additionally, drivers can initiate lane changes suggested by the system with a simple glance in the mirror for confirmation.

BMW 7 Series First with Level 2 & Level 3 Driver Assistance
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Introducing Level 3 Personal Pilot: A New Level of In-Car Freedom

The true innovation lies in the introduction of the Level 3 BMW Personal Pilot L3. This highly automated system allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel and temporarily divert their attention from the road in specific conditions. At speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph), the Personal Pilot L3 can take complete control on motorways in stop-and-go traffic. This opens up a world of possibilities, allowing drivers to engage in other activities such as making calls, reading, or even working on the go.

However, it’s crucial to remember that the system prioritizes safety. Drivers must remain alert and prepared to retake control within a few seconds when prompted by the car, particularly in situations like roadworks.

A Pioneering Combination for Unparalleled Driving Experience

The seamless integration of these advanced driving assistance systems in the new 7 Series represents a significant leap forward in automotive technology. This comprehensive suite of functionalities caters to both short and long journeys, offering enhanced comfort, reduced driver fatigue, and a more relaxing driving experience.

“By combining these two technologies in the new BMW 7 Series, we are setting new standards in the automotive industry,” says Dr. Mihiar Ayoubi, Senior Vice President Driving Experience BMW Group. “This underlines our commitment to providing customers with a safe, comfortable, and innovative driving experience.”

The BMW Highway Assistant and Driving Assistant Professional are included in the optional BMW Personal Pilot L3 package, available exclusively in Germany for €6,000 (VAT included). Existing customers with the BMW Personal Pilot L3 will receive a free upgrade to include the Highway Assistant functionality starting from August 2024.

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