BMW wants to change that. In a future version of the cruise control system, the vehicles will be able to detect the brake lights and stop (or drive) accordingly. The automaker presented the feature on Tuesday at its NextGen-Tech event in Munich.
BMW representatives refused to indicate when the system will be available. However, they found that the hardware required to use the feature is available in the company's latest vehicles, including X5 and X7. This means that a wireless software update can unlock the feature as soon as it is ready.