BMW has unveiled some of the innovative new tech that will likely make its way into future models, upgrading the connectivity, convenience, and performance across its line of luxury vehicles. The German automaker made several announcements at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
As the next generation of technology marches forward with wearable devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear wristwatch, BMW looks to integrate its cars with the new advancements in connectivity. Expanding upon the existing BMW i Remote app that connects smartphones to the BMW i3, BMW has adapted the technology to link with the Samsung Galaxy Gear wristwatch. This development allows the driver to remotely lock doors, open or close the sunroof, input navigation instructions, and control interior climate using the wearable device, rather than through his or her smartphone.
BMW will also introduce improvements to its self-parking feature, which can automatically locate available parallel parking spots using ultrasound sensors. By simply holding down the park-assist button, the system will supposedly self-shift the car’s automatic transmission into reverse, intelligently engaging the electronically-controlled steering, accelerator, and brakes to fit into the empty parking space without human input. Previously, the driver had to shift the transmission manually to use the Active Park Assist function.
While these advanced features are certainly impressive and awfully convenient, there is definitely an argument to be made for applying automatic-assist technology to improve performance. It seems BMW has answered that call with a new dimension of BMW Active Assist, which has been implemented in a research prototype for the 2014 CES show. Even at the car’s performance limit, such as when drifting through a high-speed turn, this new function uses calculated steering, baking, and throttle adjustments to allow the vehicle to take the optimal line into the next straight. The system can even intelligently respond to changing grip conditions in the road, such on slick or bumpy surfaces. In other words, now even computers can powerslide.
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