BMW is preparing to pack its upcoming next-generation of models with revolutionary new technology that will allow the car to react ‘intelligently’ with local road conditions to allow both greater fuel efficiency as well as improving safety for both drivers and pedestrians.
Here, Autocar takes a closer look at some of the technology that will be on BMW's future models, including the new 3-series.
Read an overview of BMW's future techILENA intelligent sat-navThis system will suggest three different navigated routes — standard, eco or quick — with previous information about the driver’s style being used to plot the eco one. It can also be used with future hybrid BMWs, to calculate — via 3D mapping — the most efficient route for the drivetrain.
Mobility assistant appCan use public transport information to advise a driver that it is quicker to either use a bus or train for a particular journey. Could also receive live updates on car park space availability and even bike hire information, such as that already offered for smartphones by London’s cycle rental scheme.
Collision avoidanceLateral collision avoidance uses all-round laser sensors to automatically tweak the steering to prevent an accident in a narrow lane.
See pics of BMW's future tech in actionAutoparkDrivers will be able to squeeze their car into a tight parking space by lining up the car, getting out and using the key to remotely drive it into the space. Although the system could cost well under £800 as an option, it is currently illegal in most parts of the world.
Smart keyBMW keys will act like swipe cards, able to store small amounts of credit and hold codes that will work as train tickets or open pre-booked hotel rooms.