January 6, 2011

BMW: Emergency Stop Assistant – because you can’t drive unconscious


Sometimes when I am walking down the stairs I wonder, what would happen if I fainted right now? Of course I spend a goodly percentage of my life wondering about weird stuff like that. I won’t tell you anymore about it. It’s probably not a good thing.

However, at least now I know what could happen if I had a medical emergency while I was driving my BMW. BMW’s Emergency Stop Assistant will have the ability to sense your emergency, safely take control of your vehicle, bring it to a standstill on the shoulder and even call the ambulance for you.

Utilizing cameras, radar, GPS and other modern marvels, your BMW will ascertain the conditions surrounding you, switch on the hazard lights, “look” for available exit options and maintain a lane of travel until it’s clear to slowly make a beeline for the shoulder, even over several lanes if necessary.

Normally, this total lack of control would unnerve me, but if I’m out cold, I guess its better than the alternative, for me and everyone else on the road. Then again, now every time I see a Bimmer I am going to wonder if anyone is actually driving the car. Will it never end?

34 comments:

  1. It's a great concept but if a person knows it has problem fainting he/she should never drive :)

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  2. The illusion of safety has been proven time and time again to create even more dangerous scenarios...

    I could definitely see more epileptic/narcoleptic people driving believing they are safer in their auto-driving beemer...

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  3. they have that in cars now? wow, soon enough cars will be steering itself completely.

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  4. That's not a gadget... That's real technology of the future. Love it.

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  5. whooaahh crazy technology
    loved it and if i have the money, i know which car to buy now

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  6. Technology these days is just amazing

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  7. actually cant wait for auto drive vehicles myself. I work nights and there are some mornings where I am so wasted when I drive home :>

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  8. cool, In few years, robots will drive cars XD

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  9. That seems rather silly to me. Do we really need this?

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  10. This is actually quite cool haha :)

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  11. That's awesome! I would hate to pass out in my luxury auto and wake up in a mangled heap of metal; much better to wake up confused but safe on the shoulder.

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  12. so cool! and so useful. It's a verry important breakthrough.

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  13. That's actually incredible! Hope it prevents less crashes from people who fall asleep at the wheel!

    In response to the post on my blog (thought I'd post it here as you're more likely to see it)

    Just walk into a local parlor and explain what want done and in what style. Remember, these guys are artists for a reason. I always had an image in my head that I could NEVER get onto paper. So I went to a studio and they did it and it turned out so much better than I imagined.

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  14. hahaha i cant wait till these cars that drive by themselves start driving into buildings. it'll be the new terrorist trend :D

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  15. I wish Toyota would remove all control from Camry and Prius drivers.

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  16. i wonder if you can fake it out.

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  17. Lets hope there are no glitches or anything... ^^

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  18. thats awesome, how many lives can be saved w this

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  19. That is crazy. One day the only place you will be able to drive is on a racetrack.

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  20. in theory, this type of technology is a great idea. but like you said, where do they draw the line? i wonder if this technology could be hacked somehow. that could be disastrous

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  21. maybe they should show an example where theres cars in its way and ill believe in this product but i think its probably in development no? because that looks like it just indicates goes right until its in the curb lane where it stops. the demo shows no real obstacles

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  22. Just another step into the future I guess.

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  23. There must be a way to use this for evil...

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  24. This is just allowing those who are feeling tired a reason TO drive.

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  25. Yea this can't be a good thing.
    Don't drive if you need help driving. heh.

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  26. I wonder how many accidents this can even save. I'm guessing that most crashes caused by an unconsious driver happens within seconds of losing consiousness.

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  27. Brillient!

    Man.. I wish I was born 5 years from now.

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