Autonomous BMW

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The REV Project also performs reseach into robotics and automation, including the robotic control of vehicles. BMW supplied the project with a prototype BMW X5, to be used in our experiments.

Progress has been made in converting the BMW X5 to steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire, while maintaining its normal drivability. The car is being used as a test vehicle for evaluating vision-based driver assistance systems for lane keeping and collision avoidance. An inflatable copy of the REV Eco has been manufactured to be able to safely test collision (and collision avoidance) scenarios with the BMW.

Future projects are being organised for the BMW, including the possiblity of adding an advanced radar system to improve the detection of vehicles and pedestrians.