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BMW Working On GPS-Linked Transmission


BMW 8-speed transmission

BMW 8-speed transmission

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When it comes to the automobile, there are useful technologies like electronic stability control and anti-lock braking systems, that make driving safer for the vast majority of motorists. Then there's technology for technology’s sake, like rain-sensing wipers or like BMW’s latest innovation: an eight-speed automatic transmission that receives Global Positioning System (GPS) data to predict shifts.

The system is still in the development stages, but it may eventually find its way into the 7-Series luxury sedan, which is typically the platform BMW uses to highlight their latest technology.

The high-tech transmission combines data from the car’s GPS with data from the Dynamic Stability Control system, which provides real-time information on road conditions. If the system senses a loss of traction, it may delay a downshift, even if the GPS advises that the grade of the road has changed. It anticipates turns in the road as well, adjusting the car’s gearing to match the road conditions. The ultimate goal is to provide a smoother ride for the driver and passengers, by minimizing the amount of time between shifts and by maintaining the proper gear at all times.

Ultimately, the advanced technology transmission will strive to mirror the ride quality and driving dynamics of a manual-transmission equipped vehicle, operated by an experienced driver.

[BMW]

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  1. Seems like those guys have too much time on their hands.
     
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  2. Carl, I see at one more point of potential failure. There's a reason that BMW's 7 Series sedans are called "mechanics cars" in Germany; when the problems start, it takes a mechanic to keep them running.
     
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  3. Why are they doing this? What if you go inside the tunnel or places where with high foilage/buildings and interference? I hope that there is like an overide to this feature.
     
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  4. mrey, I'm sure that's factored into the design. The system is smart enough to know where the tunnels are as well as their length.
     
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