BMW to use innovative road condition sensor technology

September 16, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMW to use innovative road condition sensor technology
In the next generation of its vehicles, BMW intends to use a "tactile" sensor technology that will enable it to detect road conditions more precisely and thus also improve driving dynamics. This will also involve connecting the chassis electronics with the cloud.

The tactile sensor technology comes from startup company Tactile Mobility (Haifa, Israel). This company announces the conclusion of a commercial partnership with BMW - with the aim of embedding this technology in BMW vehicles from next year. For Tactile Mobility, this is one of the first commercial successes with vehicle OEMs - and certainly the most important to date.

Tactile Mobility's technology will enable vehicle manufacturers to improve the performance of their cars. To do this, the company uses "non-visual" sensors in the vehicles - it was not possible to find out more precise details at first; presumably these are vibration and motion sensors in the chassis and wheel suspensions. This data is forwarded to a control unit which uses Tactile Mobility's software to determine, among other things, the road condition and grip of the road surface - in real time, of course. The software uses a vehicle-specific behavioural model called VehicleDNA.

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