+++The BMW Group launches SAE Level 2+ automated driving with HERE HD Live Map+++BMW 7 Series is first vehicle to roll out SAE Level 2+ automated driving at a speed of 130 km/h in the United States and Canada+++Functionality will be extended to further models based on same technical platform+++HERE already provides the BMW 7 Series with Predictive Routing and Real-Time Traffic information+++
Munich/Amsterdam. HERE Technologies, the leading
location data and technology platform, today announced that the BMW
Group is utilizing the HERE HD Live Map, HERE’s high-definition map to
enable hands-free driving in the United States and Canada. HERE is one
of the world’s first companies to provide high-definition maps for
Level 2+ automated driving capabilities in series production vehicles.
This is the result of a long-standing collaboration between BMW and
HERE on next-generation mapping capabilities.
7 Series is the first BMW series production vehicle to use
HERE HD Live Map for hands-free driving
The BMW Group first introduced hands-free driving at a maximum speed
of 85 mph/130 km/h in 2018. Now, the all-new BMW 7 Series is the
premium automaker’s first production vehicle to launch with SAE Level
2+ automated functionalities at a maximum speed of 85 mph/130 km/h.
With the HERE HD Live Map on board, this function enables hands-free
driving on interstates and highways, provided drivers remain focused
and ready to take control. Additionally, the HERE platform provides
functionality for the vehicle’s navigation system to display in
real-time where the SAE Level 2+ function can be activated safely.
Over time, the HERE HD Live Map will be integrated into additional BMW
models as automated driving capabilities increase across vehicles,
roadways and regions.
“A digital HD map is essential for highly automated driving. HERE HD
Live Map is rich and reliable: it provides road geometry, route
profile and traffic signs – all on a global scale,” said Dr. Nicolai
Martin, Senior Vice President Driving Experience at BMW Group. “We
have been working with HERE for many years to bring highly automated
driving to market, and we are now thrilled to see the result of our
collaboration finally come to life. Together, we are going one step
further in delivering on our promise to provide a superior driving
experience to our customers.”
“We’re delighted to see our HERE HD Live Map enable automated driving
at Level 2+ for BMW series production vehicles. This collaboration
demonstrates the value of maps for highly automated driving. We look
forward to supporting the expansion of Level 2+ to all types of
roads,” said Fred Hessabi, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer
Officer at HERE Technologies.
HERE HD Live Map a key component to automated driving safety
and user comfort
The HERE HD Live Map consists of rich, highly accurate and fresh
layers of data to support the vehicle in knowing exactly where it is
on the road and what road features lie ahead. The lane-level data
serves as a redundant source of information to the on-board sensors,
providing additional quality assurances for the system. HERE HD Live
Map helps a vehicle to proactively adjust its behavior to upcoming
BMW 7 Series utilizes Predictive Routing and HERE Real-Time
Like the BMW iX, the all-new BMW 7 Series also features HERE
Predictive Routing, a cloud-based routing functionality that learns
individual driving patterns to propose more personalized journeys. In
addition, the all-new BMW 7 Series uses HERE
Real-Time Traffic across 70 countries. The service delivers
drivers detailed information on traffic congestion with lane-level
precision and potential road hazards ahead, with auto re-routing
capabilities, helping drivers stay safe and save time.