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BMW introduces driverless running coach

By SYF77 on 08 Apr 2012

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Running has become a popular sport in Singapore and now there are so many products that claim to enhance running performance. They range from heart rate monitor to GPS watches to compression wear. If you are serious runner and have enough dough, you may be able to add “The Ultimate Driving Machine” to your list of running aids.

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As an official sponsor of London 2012, BMW has been inspired to develop a new technology helping customers to boost their fitness in the run up to the Games. The new driverless Running Coach feature uses a combination of ConnectedDrive technologies and surround view cameras to enable the car to follow the runner, at a safe distance, while pounding the pavement.

To help with motivation, integrated exterior speakers play encouraging words while the Lock Out Logistics feature makes sure that any distance set is completed without cheating. Alvin Alaff, Head of Futile Innovations at BMW’s renowned Forschungs und Innovationszentrum, said “It’s a car gym but not as we know it.”

BMW’s Running Coach may be a challenge to use in an urban area. The runner can continue his run on the pavement but the BMW have to stop at the traffic lights. Now comes another challenge - can the driverless car detect signals from the traffic lights?

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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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George1688 Apr 08 2012 03:36 PM
Isn't it a little late for an April Fools' joke?
PetrolHead Apr 09 2012 06:44 AM
Haha, yea it was a joke intended for April Fool day. Still, a cool concept right?
Shouyi Apr 09 2012 06:51 AM
Yup, still at concept stage. Frankly speaking, I think it is not very practical.
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