Over 30 percent of road traffic accidents in Germany alone happen at junctions and road intersections. One of the major aims of the technology is to eradicate issues such as poor visibility, confusion and lack of familiarity that all play a role in such accidents. "The investigations proved that, with the current close-to-production positioning technology, the Cross Traffic Assistant function already has the potential to prevent many accidents at intersections," says Grote. Traffic light systems, for example, can transmit information on their phasing so that a driver assistance system can either indicate the optimum speed to catch a succession of lights on green or warn of the risk of crossing the lights at red.
Other car companies that will benefit from the development of the technology include Opel, Audi, Ford, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz parent company) and Volkswagen all of whom have been working in partnership with BMW and simTD on the project which has so far used 120 separate test vehicles and recreated and simulated more than 4000 intersection crossings.