BMW working on more driver assist features, Apple CarPlay potentially

Rumors | June 22nd, 2015 by 7
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At the 2015 CES, we’ve learned that BMW aims to stay ahead of the innovation curve and lead in many areas when it comes to …

At the 2015 CES, we’ve learned that BMW aims to stay ahead of the innovation curve and lead in many areas when it comes to making driving safer and automated. The recently unveiled 2016 7 Series is already previewing some of the new tech, but others are scheduled to arrive in the next few years.

Currently BMW offers a Driving Assistant Plus package comprising not only of Collision Warning and Lane departure warning, but also Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, blind spot monitoring, a drowsiness monitor, side- and top-view parking cameras and a speed-limit display.

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But that’s just the beginning. In the future, BMWs will get a new speed info function with a no-overtaking indicator, an incorrect driving warning, a right of way warning message and pedestrian protection in the rear with a visual and/or audio warning.

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Those looking for the latest and greatest gadgets and integration with Apple products, could be in luck. According to sources, BMW is experimenting with the Apple CarPlay system. CarPlays essentially mimics the user’s iPhone onto the touchscreen and allows the driver to swipe and zoom in the same manner that they would on the phone. At the WWDC 2015, Apple announced that CarPlay will soon let you control additional parts of your vehicle, directly from the iPhone. This means CarPlay can work together with apps created by manufacturers, making it easier for them to integrate their auto features with the service. Apple CEO Tim Cook also demoed a new functional which allows CarPlay to pair with infotainments systems wirelessly.

In the past, BMW has denied any future integration with CarPlay, but the quick adoption of Apple’s in-car system might change their mind.

 

7 responses to “BMW working on more driver assist features, Apple CarPlay potentially”

  1. Jeremy Snyder says:

    I’m disappointed that Apple’s CarPlay and touchscreen tech has taken so long– I thought that BMW was one of the FIRST manufacturers that signed onto the software solution, but several others– non-highline cars, mine you–, have beaten BMW to implementing CarPlay in production models.

    While the last couple of years of BMWs have had super crisp displays, we need bigger displays, “retina” graphics, actual graphics cards powering the displays, and capacitive touch– just like on an iPad, NOT like some of the earlier lesser attempts at touchscreens in cars like Audi had. (But, Audi still beat BMW to the punch by implementing touchscreens first…)…

    I’d heard a rumor about European models, and was hoping it would be the case for models stateside: there would be navigation in EVERY model, but the additional feature that people could opt to pay for would be touchscreen w/ a larger display. Much like BMW’s previous generation 5-Series still had an “infotainment” screen for non-navigation-equipped models, but owners could opt to pay extra for a wider nav screen, if they wanted… Now, the current size nav screens should be the standard size, non-touch, and the option should be to pay for larger screens w/ touchscreen nav.

  2. jason bourne says:

    More stuff to fail in the car, thus more expensive repairs.

  3. Ofentse Letsholo says:

    Nothing exciting about CarPlay and Android thingy, Bluetooth which will cater all phones and doing BMW stuff is what i want to see… I’m tired of Google and Apple being all over us.

  4. Jim says:

    that sounds great. I have to get a new SUV next year and I was planning on an Audi since the salesman at the dealership said they’ll have it by then. I wouldn’t get a car going forward without CarPlay and a full set of state of the art safety features. I looks like BMW will have both.

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