WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- BMW introduced its latest technology last week at the Mobile World Congress that featured gaze technology together with voice and gesture recognition capabilities.
- With high-definition cameras installed in the car, it can monitor the driver’s movements and identify the establishment they’re looking at and provide information as well through an AI-powered smart assistant.
- The BMW Electronics Group announced that these newest capabilities will be out for the first time in the BMW iNEXT 2021 model.
BMW’s newest technology features gaze recognition that allows drivers to manipulate their cars with their eyes. Further, the company claims that drivers can learn restaurant details such as menu, opening and closing hours, and even booking a reservation, just by looking out the window and gazing at a restaurant.
The gaze feature is enabled by a high-definition camera mounted in the dashboard that follows the head and eye movements of the driver to identify what they are looking at, whether inside or outside the car. It is also accompanied with improved gesture and voice recognition in a package called Natural interaction, where customers can talk to their ‘intelligent-connected’ cars in a perfectly natural manner.
‘Natural Interaction extends beyond the vehicle interior’ to turn the car itself into a ‘helpful passenger, added the German car company. This was demonstrated through a video that showed a customer pointing out the car at a building and asking from it for more information.
Customers will get to enjoy both features for the first time in the 2021 BMW iNEXT production model, according to BMW Group Electronics senior vice president Christoph Grote.
“BMW Natural Interaction is an important step for the future of autonomous vehicles when interior concepts will no longer be geared solely towards the driver’s position and occupants will have more freedom,” said Mr. Grote who presented the technology this week at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Back in 2015, gesture recognition has been introduced by BMW into its cars. Since then, it has refined the feature and that it can now be applied to a person’s field of vision as well as beyond the car.
The latest release is an expansion of the updated BMW OS 7.0 and last year’s launching of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. Users can now expect in future BMW cars the different technology segments rolled in one.
Since there was no announcement of any coming launch and actual demonstration wasn’t available as well, it may be some time before the technology becomes functional.
Source: Daily Mail