It seems that in car technology just keeps getting smarter with every new generation of vehicles. At the rate we are going, it won't be long until vehicles will be able to decide on a destination and drive there for us with little or no input from the driver. While this seems like something from a Science fiction movie, BMW is already working on a system that can guess where you plan on going.
The new system is named ILENA, which is short for Intelligent Learning Navigation, and is able to provide a logical list of places where it thinks you are going. The system works by monitoring and recording you diving habits and destinations that you frequently visit. After compiling the data, the system can actually guess where you are heading every time you start your vehicle.
According to BMW, the system has shown to be accurate about 80% of the time, and this is just the beginning. Once the system has been used for a year or more, they expect the accuracy to be closer to 90%.
The system is also able to take the data is stores and optimize the vehicles performance for a specific destination. Overall, the whole process should offer a 5% to 10% increase in fuel economy.
The real question concerning this kind of technology is whether people will be willing to give up their privacy for a few extra miles per gallon.
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