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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.

This model processes, among other things, suspension, drive train, brake efficiency and tyre condition. This VehicleDNA is fused with a virtual mapping layer of road attributes ("SurfaceDNA"). This data is stored in a cloud and updated regularly. SurfaceDNA provides a detailed view of the driving environment to better anticipate road conditions before driving and to pre-configure vehicle systems. Based on this data, the vehicle can adjust the performance settings to the road conditions and, for example, automatically apply throttle and brake more carefully on slippery roads.

Tactile Mobility's technology collects what the company calls "first principle", crucial, anonymized real-time data generated from vehicles' non-visual, existing sensors and turns it into actionable insights on road attributes including grades, grip, and curvatures.

Not only car users can benefit from Tactile's technology, but also third parties ©Tactile Mobility

The insights provided by Tactile Mobility are intended to improve vehicle intelligence and driving safety, efficiency and experience, and enable new and more valuable data to be obtained to identify hazards in near real-time. In addition, the anonymised data provided by the Tactile Cloud provides road operators with information on danger spots or necessary maintenance work.

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