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BMW: Touchpad iDrive.

If you've driven (or own) a new , you may be familiar with the MMI Touch feature; a touchpad interface to input alpha-numerics into the navigation system without needing to remove your eyes from the road. True, may be a small step behind in the production race, but in terms of execution, its system is slicker as it comes cleverly integrated on top of the iDrive knob. This makes BMW's transition to this technology basically seamless, with the added benefit of no extra clutter on the center console.

Just download the free app. or if you've locked the doors? With My BMW Remote (available in new and for 2011). cool/heat. . confirm your BMW ConnectedDrive login. and you'll have the ability to lock/unlock. Ever wanted to preset the interior temperature of your car's cabin? Or maybe you've forgotten where you're parked. you can control all of these functions from the comfort of your iPhone.• BMW: My BMW Remote. send directions to and locate your Bimmer via GPS or by its flashing lights and honking horn.

it's possible to imagine programming your car key with credit card information and then using the key for purchases. electronic IDs—the possibilities of an NFCenabled key are far-reaching. mass-transit tickets and even the key card needed to enter the R&T offices. and the Munich company has a working prototype for proof of concept.• BMW: Near Field Communication Key. Office access. BMW's vision is to have all this integrated in your key fob. Near Field Communication is a burgeoning wireless technology based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) that is currently used in contact-less "Fast Pay" credit cards. . This technology could allow you to bypass many a ticket-vending machine and even the hotel's front desk (for the ones that use contact-less key cards). movies. With BMW's NFC key. A record of its use could then be displayed through the car's infotainment system.

This is not a parallel parking aid.. steers. The system uses BMW's existing ultrasound sensors (the same six used for Park Distance Control) to guide it evenly within the given space. BMW's system is designed more for a tight single-car garage. and it allows the driver to get out of the vehicle before it parks itself inside and shuts down. and then by holding down the Roundel button the action is executed. like has. Rather. brakes and eventually shuts down once parked. There's nothing like a little 007-type technology to impress a friend or potential Bond-girl. Now. Retrieval of your self-parking vehicle is as easy as initiating the same sequence. BMW's RemoteControlled Parking is exactly what it sounds like: the ability to exit and park your vehicle in even the tightest parking spots with nothing but your key fob. . stopping when necessary to avoid running into objects. if it could only feed the meter. A special key fob button sequence initiates the self-park mode.• BMW: Remote-Controlled Parking. at a little over one mile an hour. the car will know to reverse its actions. a release of the button will stop the car.. The car rolls.

The sensation from the auto steer feels almost like magnetic repulsion between your car and a nearby vehicle. which goes back to BMW's philosophy that the driver is still ultimately responsible for his machine—for now. It's very effective in its action. . the car will initiate a small steering movement to avoid contact. BMW Lateral Collision Avoidance focuses on avoiding rubbing fenders with the car next to you. There's an audible warning first. BMW again uses its ultrasound proximity sensors to detect if a vehicle is getting too close. then if the vehicle passes through the "safety bubble" threshold. For this. Like lane-departure warning and prevention systems today. but can also be overridden with little effort.• BMW: Lateral Collision Avoidance.

among many other things.e. BMW brings you the Micropause App. Say auf wiedersehen to idle time.• BMW: Micropause Apps. your car could soon know exactly how long you'll be stopped (or paused). Knowing this. a dictated email. Working with Germany's traffic authorities in efforts to begin adapting smart traffic signals that would allow signal-to-car communication. but for the small minority out there who indulge in such micro-tasking. your BMW could then launch an appropriate length Micropause App (i. I'm sure that most of us refuse to check our email/Twitter/Facebook while waiting at the checkout line/gas pump/stoplight.. a YouTube video) for the given time frame. . a quick game of Pong.

Using a host of redundant technologies including GPS. your BMW will maintain its lane of travel until it's clear to gradually make its way to the hard shoulder. etc. Partnerships with Siemens and Berlin's Charité University Clinic are focused on developing technologies with which to monitor the driver's vitals in the car.e. . stroke. radar. BMW's Emergency Stop Assistant has the capability to safely take the reins and even phone the paramedics. a heart attack. In the worst-case scenario that a driver becomes completely impaired at the wheel (i. camera and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) to create a highly accurate picture of the current road and surrounding vehicles.• BMW: Emergency Stop Assistant..).