Seems interesting, considering that it is quite a big step from the single rear camera that we have in cars right now. If they can really mass produce this technology without significant hikes in production costs, I can really see it in many cars in the near future.
As a Pilot of many years I have watched and taken advantage of much of the new technology. I have found it very helpful and GPS changed the way we fly and our situational awareness. However, when things go wrong, and they sometimes do, it is good to know how to had fly the bugger without all the aids. Having said this, if it saves one little kid from getting run over then it was worth it, just remember to be look out with or without the system
Likely a neat idea for a new car. A brand new Volvo XC90 was impossible park by using old-school skills. It needed a backview camera.
Due to trends in car exterior design, 360deg view capability will make possible in a 2015 model year BMW, what you could do much easier without technology in a 1985 BMW: Parallel park, or back-out of your drive way.
If the electronics in my 2007 BMW are any indication, we could all be in for a fun ride when all these gadgets get older than 4 years...
I've seen RFQ's for this project from multiple automotive part mfg's over the last three years. The detail left out in the article is that the 'camera view' displayed on the dash has been translated (digitally)from the camera's horizontal view to a top view around the car. The difficulty from the camera design side is what to do with all the heat from a small fast ethernet output camera (about 1W.)
You guys have to stop watching so many Terminator movies! BMW is not talking about implanting these things into your eyes or cortex. The skill set is constantly changing in your jobs, so why can't you accept that it is changing for driving technology as well? I welcome a day when being safe on the road does not depend on an operator's skill.
I cant agree more! Yes, we are automating ourselves to obsolescence! We are automating, 100 people did what was once done by 1000 people, 10 people did what was once done by 100 people, now 1 person can do what 10 people did. Tomorrow even that one person is not needed, Robot will do that. Last nail in the coffin, you see ;)