BMW i5 can do automated lane changes via eye activation

By CARSIFU | 27 April 2023

MUNICH: The series production development process for the first-ever all-electric BMW i5 is entering the home straight with the fine-tuning of its suspension control and driver assistance systems.

The all-electric version of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan's automated driving capability has Highway Assistant, which controls the distance to the vehicle ahead, carries out steering adjustments and carries out lane changes for the first time by means of eye activation.

Highway Assistant can be used at speeds of up to 130km/h.

An interior camera helps monitor the driver’s level of alertness and also enables another innovation: in a world first, the automated lane change – included as part of the Driving Assistant Professional and Highway Assistant – in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan can be controlled using eye activation.

Looking in the exterior mirror prompts the car to initiate the lane change process and carry out the necessary steering movements and speed adjustments at speeds of up to 130km/h once the driver has confirmed they want it to do so and the traffic situation allows.

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The purely visual gesture complements the previous use of the turn signal lever, which is also available as an alternative.

As the range-topping model variant, the BMW i5 M60 xDrive is fitted as standard with Adaptive Suspension Professional including electronically controlled dampers.

This suspension system can also be specified as an option for the BMW i5 eDrive40.

Thanks to an innovative form of BMW Vertical Dynamics Management, it offers a noticeable increase in sports performance combined with a level of ride comfort that also represents a clear step forward from that of its predecessor.

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The latest version of BMW’s Vertical Dynamics Management, now in its ninth generation, is making its debut in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan.

This technology is based on a newly developed, extensively networked control logic, and ensures clearly defined body control and precise suspension response in every driving situation.

Adaptive Suspension Professional is offered for all variants of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan (either as standard or optionally, depending on the model), and thus, is said to blend ride comfort approaching BMW 7 Series levels with the sporting agility familiar from the BMW 3 Series.

Production of the new, eighth-generation BMW 5 Series Sedan will begin in summer 2023 at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria.

The car’s market launch will get underway in October 2023.

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