As the industry continues to move towards higher levels of automation, two OEMs are planning to launch cars capable of SAE Level 3 within the next 12 months, i.e. vehicles capable of automating the act of driving in certain scenarios to the point that the driver can engage in a secondary task.
But, any system that relies on a driver as a fall back demands excellent implementation. An effective Human Machine Interface (HMI) is vital. With Level 3 rapidly advancing upon us, it’s important to see how manufacturers are implementing their Level 2 systems, and where there is room for improvement. To fairly evaluate ADAS HMI, to establish best practice, and to ensure Level 3 systems are as safe as they need to be, SBD have created a series of HMI Golden Rules.
SBD’s new ADAS HMI Benchmarking Series goes in-depth, looking at the HMI on four class-leading cars, starting with the latest BMW 5 Series. Using an intensive, independent testing method, SBD are creating a resource that allows quantifiable comparison between complex systems. SBD’s benchmarking of the latest vehicles from different brands shows that even with relatively simple ADAS, HMI solutions deployed are lacking consistency and clarity. In some instances, SBD has even identified some significant flaws. In other words, the basics are still not right yet.
The first car to be tested, BMW’s 5 Series, has historically been the go-to executive saloon, so the new model has some big shoes to fill. Comfort is a leading factor when choosing a car in this segment as they generally cover large distances, often on daily commutes, so systems designed to reduce the demands on a driver can be a deciding force when it comes to choosing a new car.
Featuring an evolution of the ADAS technologies shown in the 7 Series evaluation two years ago, BMW’s latest offering has been put through its paces by SBD’s autonomous car experts. Each system has been carefully tested and graded, showing where each technology succeeds or fails and, importantly, why.
The 5 Series was tested at the same time as its market competitor, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Interestingly, while these cars exist in the same segment and offer similar features, we found that the two vehicles implement these in very different ways, showing that there is currently no agreed upon best practice. Something only in-depth, independent testing is likely to achieve. On both vehicles, we tested the following systems:
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