Saturday, October 15, 2011

BMW Micro Navigation and Indoor Location

Current navigation systems don’t allow to reserve a parking space, or tell which highway lane will provide the most expedient means of getting from point A to point B. BMW’s latest innovation changes that.
Called microNavigation, BMW’s system provides lane guidance, i.e., the most efficient route possible, down to the level of choosing the best lane to use. The microNavigation uses a camera system to calculate which highway lane is moving with the best flow, advising the driver to change lanes when necessary. The system also allows you to book parking spaces in advance. The navigation system then tells the driver where to park inside a parking garage. Once you’ve reached your parking spot, the system even remembers your location without satellite access, transmitting the data to your smartphone. The system uses micro-maps instead of GPS, and uses the car's forward facing camera to establish the driver's positioning and sensors determine the car's elevation. The microNavigation system is part of a suite of technology that BMW is callingConnectedDrive. It’s not on the market yet, but it will be soon.