Our sister site went behind the scenes at the USOC Training Center in Chula Vista, California, where BMW is using machine vision technology to help long jumpers. Similar to what BMW is developing for vehicular active safety systems, the camera system that tracks long jumpers can determine velocity in both vertical and horizontal planes by tracking the runner in three dimensions.
BMW's experimental system installed in a 5 Series does the same thing, but instead of focusing on long jumpers, it's on the lookout for pedestrians. BMW says future versions of the system would allow the car to take action to prevent pedestrian collisions.
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