European safety award for BMW
New BMW models have received an Advanced award for their safety features from the Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP). This award was presented in recognition of the manufacturer's city braking function and pedestrian warning system.
The system, which is linked to a camera, has been made available across almost the whole line of BMW models. It greatly helps to alleviate the possibility of a collision with a pedestrian whilst travelling in urban traffic and the software used in the system has been hailed by experts in the safety field as a groundbreaking innovation.
The system's functions become active when the vehicle is travelling between the speeds of 10 and 60km/h. A camera located on the windscreen near the rear-view mirror analyses information about the area around the car and gives a signal if there is any risk of colliding with a pedestrian. The initial warning is visual, using a symbol displayed on the instrument panel, and this is followed by an acoustic signal if the graphic symbol is ignored. In addition to visual and audible danger signals alerting a driver to respond, there is an automatic braking manoeuvre. When triggered this will warn the driver that a collision will occur unless evasive action is taken. BMW's new safety system makes the driving experience safer, protects pedestrians, and is highly deserving of this award.