The new F10 (LCI) has the 5AT option of Driving Assistant Plus.
This contains the Traffic Jam Assistant feature but will launch in Nov 2013.
Does anyone know if the Traffic Jam Assistant function will be a software update or new hardware. It reads as if it is part of Driving Assistant Plus (5AT).
From BMW Media Information Bulletin (The_new_BMW_5_Series.pdf)
From November 2013, the optional Traffic Jam Assistant will also be on hand to make life easier for the driver, significantly increasing the scope for relaxation in monotonous motorway tailbacks. This system automatically keeps the car in the same lane, even when the road bends around a corner. It is part of the Driving Assistant Plus option, which also includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Collision Warning with braking function. The cruise control function, underpinned by radar sensors and a camera, reacts with even greater precision to the driving situation at hand and also to stationary objects.
Driving Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant:
- increased safety and comfort in congestion and city traffic.
The new Driving Assistant option combines Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning with a braking function. If the system detects an unintentional deviation from the vehicleís path, the steering wheel vibrates to warn the driver. The system can be used at speeds of at least 70 km/h
(43 mph) and its camera also supplies the data required for the Collision Warning with braking function. This function can be activated at speeds of at least 15 km/h (9 mph) and uses visual and audible alerts to warn the driver of the danger of a collision with vehicles travelling ahead. The carís brakes are preloaded at the same time to shorten its potential stopping distance.
Driving Assistant Plus provides even more extensive assistance. This system brings together Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and the Driving Assistant to ensure, first and foremost, greater comfort and safety in slow- moving traffic and tailbacks. The driver can delegate proximity control duties to the system. The combination of a front-mounted camera and full-range radar sensors detects both vehicles travelling in front and stationary vehicles. If the driver does not react to the warning of a looming rear-end collision, Driving Assistant Plus automatically brakes the vehicle with anything up to maximum possible force, as required.
A Traffic Jam Assistant function is due to be added to Driving Assistant Plus in November 2013. At speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) this function monitors both the distance to the vehicle in front and the carís position within its lane. The Traffic Jam Assistant uses steering assistance to keep the vehicle reliably in the centre of the lane.