More often than not, people suffering from certain medical conditions will elect not to drive due to the risk of causing an accident should their condition flare up. However, this problem may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new system being developed by BMW.
The system is called Emergency Stop Assist and according to BMW, the vehicle will actually be monitoring the driver for any signs of a medical emergency. Should the system detect a potential problem, it will switch to a fully autonomous driving mode and find a suitable place to pull to the side of the road.
To ensure your BMW doesn't hit anything else on or near the road, a small RADAR array has been installed and will find a vehicle friendly place to stop. Once stationary, the system will call for emergency medical care, give the location of the individual and even ensure the hazard lights have been activated.
The technology is being developed as part of a larger project called Smart Senior, which is being lead by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany. If the system makes it into production it could allow many people with medical conditions to continue driving without worrying about the risk they might pose to themselves or others.