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by George Skentzos

Australia’s roads are notorious for being overcautious and under maintained with drivers forced to split their attention between the speed limit signs and the potholes.

Now BMW is one step closer to introducing variable speed limit sign identification technology into its Australian line-up with a small fleet of test vehicles taking to the roads over the next two months.

Local testing of the speed limit function will see the specially equipped 7 Series vehicles cover more than 5000 kilometres over a mix of urban, suburban and rural roads.

“The new BMW Speed Limit Display will significantly reduce the risk of drivers exceeding the speed limit by mistake, especially on roads with multiple speed zones,” said BMW’s general manager of marketing, Tom Noble.

The system uses a camera fitted near the interior mirror to permanently monitor road signs as well as variable speed limit signs and compares this with the data saved in the navigation system.

The speed limit is then displayed to the driver in the instrument cluster, or in the head-up display on the car’s windscreen but does not intervene in the control of the vehicle or its speed in any way.

Both regular painted signs and variable electronic speed limits can be read by the system, meaning BMW drivers will have one less thing to worry about while negotiating Australian roads.




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