BMW engineers have set out to develop an assistance system which automatically activates an autonomous driving mode when it detects that the driver has a serious medical problem, and carries out a controlled emergency stop.
In simple terms, the car switches on the hazard warning lights and manoeuvres carefully – taking into account the traffic around it – to the outer edge of the road, before drawing to a standstill. At the same time, an emergency call is sent out containing the data required to initiate the necessary medical and traffic-related assistance measures.
This enables the provision of effective emergency care tailored to the situation at hand. In order to keep a limit on the variety of possible driving situations, which vary infinitely in complexity, BMW is developing the prototype of the Emergency Stop Assistant initially for use on motorways and sections of roads resembling motorways.