Ground feedback, or the way you feel the road is an important aspect of driving. It gives you a tactile connection to the sidewalk, which improves your handling and lets you enjoy driving. BMW vehicles are held in high esteem in terms of their return to the ground, especially its M range of sports-oriented cars.
But that is not enough for the Bavarian brand. In order to improve the handling and performance of its cars, BMW enters into a commercial partnership with Tactile Mobility – the world’s leading provider of tactile virtual sensing technologies and data.
With this partnership, BMW vehicles and other brands of the BMW Group, such as Mini and Rolls-Royce, will use the pioneering software of Tactile Mobility, giving them the ability to analyze the attributes of the road surface under their tires. This enables precise detection of road conditions, which, in turn, can be used by BMW to improve vehicle dynamics management functions.
Tactile Mobility software uses built-in non-visual sensors to collect and analyze data on vehicle / road dynamics, enabling the car to feel the road. With these sensors, real-time data such as available grip levels can be taken into account, allowing adjustments to suspension, powertrain, braking efficiency, tire health, and more. This is all part of Tactile Mobility’s VehicleDNA.
On the other hand, SurfaceDNA offers an in-depth view of driving environments to better anticipate future road conditions. It allows BMW to preconfigure its vehicles.
“We are delighted to partner with the BMW Group to equip their future intelligent automated vehicles with the sense of ‘touch’ and demonstrate the commercial viability of tactile sensing technology,” said Boaz Mizrachi, Co-Founder and CTO of Tactile Mobility.
From 2021, Tactile Mobility software technology will be integrated into the BMW Group’s new generation vehicles globally.