Next Generation iDrive
The next generation iDrive, due to be seen in the first place on the new 7-Series which is due to go on sale later in 2015, and features some interesting innovations that will impress BMW service Perth providers as much as drivers. iDrive is already well-known to a generation of BMW drivers, but the new version takes things into a new dimension. A brand new, neatly designed interface was shown recently on a demonstration car, and incorporates touch screen technology and gesture controlled input system.
The gesture control is particularly clever: BMW’s design team have come up with a system using 3D sensors that are fitted to the ceiling of the car. These sensors cleverly interpret hand gestures, and allow the driver to perform actions such as turning up the volume of the sound system or adjusting the heat in the cabin, accepting or declining phone calls and much more, all with a particular wave of a hand or swipe of a finger. It also features touch screen technology akin to that used on modern smartphones, and a virtual keyboard for inputting data. Also new to the system is a rear-mounted screen based on a Samsung tablet, which allows rear seat passengers to access the infotainment and comfort systems wirelessly. All in all, it is an impressive interface that moves iDrive forward.
BMW has also been showcasing some upcoming new lighting technologies which it intends to introduce on new models in the near future. Using BMW’s laser headlight technology, the new innovations – shown to the world on a concept model named the M4 Concept Iconic Lights – uses laser spotlights to pick out animals or people on the road in advance, and to light up corners before the car reaches them.
The rear lighting system on the concept used Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED) in both the tail lights and the rear indicators, which has not been seen before. This clever design uses very thin sheets of organic material that, when lit, creates a 3D effect, and by being lighter and taking up less space than conventional lights, is both more efficient and cost effective. BMW sees the future in OLED lights as it allows its designers a greater degree of creativity, and we can reasonably expect to see their use on BMW models of the next generation.
BMW enjoys an enviable reputation as a maker of great cars for the 21st century driver, and both the next generation iDrive and lighting technologies will allow BMW drivers in Perth to move with the times and have access to the latest developments. By designing such systems to give drivers an all-round more enjoyable driving experience, BMW is giving both its new and existing customers an assurance that, where technological innovation is concerned, it is a company that has no intention of standing still when there are new areas in which it can improve its already high levels of excellence.