BMW is taking the navigation systems to the next level. They are currently working towards a new navigation system that will learn your driving patterns and adapt the destination based on the previously registered data. Anticipating your next destination is the idea behind this new navigation system.
The system is called ILENA, short for Intelligent Learning Navigation and according to BMW, it intends to record your daily driving habits, in order to increase the efficiency of your car. No privacy issues are mentioned at this point, but such a navigation system could raise many new questions. The navigation system in most of the cars are already able to broadcast your location through the GPS installed in these cars, but I am not aware of the possibility of permanently recording your daily routes.
This new intelligent navigation system seems to follow the steps of the airplanes’ black boxes, a device that records all the flights data and communication.
Andreas Winckler, a developer at BMW, told Spiegel Online, the hit rate of the Intelligent Learning Navigation System is now at almost 80 percent.
“We want to already know before the departure, the objective of driver control, and which route he chooses, even if the navigation system is not activated,” says Winckler. His car, a BMW 335i, runs an ILENA prototype.
The system also records all the road conditions, elevations, curves and since BMW’s main focus in the future is fuel efficiency, by knowing this data, the system can save up between 5-10% in fuel efficiency.
Even though the system is being currenty tested in live environment, there are a few hardware shortcomings that are delaying it to move from a research phase into development.
So, at least for a few more years, we can all relax, no extra “eyes” watching over us.
But let me leave you with this: would you feel comfortable having such system in your car? Are the advantages of ILENA be enough to overcome the privacy rights you’re giving up?[Source: Spiegel Online -English translation ]