“Hands-free tailgate opening” is a new innovative function that allows BMW customers standing behind the vehicle to open the luggage compartment automatically with a movement of their foot. The “hands-free tailgate opener” will be available for the new BMW 5 Series Touring and new BMW 5 Series Saloon from Fall 2011 as part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Comfort Access option.
Hands-Free Tailgate Opening becomes convenient when carrying items that require placing them on the ground in order to free up your hands and push the remote button for tailgate opening. The new convenience feature uses two sensor strips placed on different planes in the bumper, somewhat similar to the Parking Distance Control technology. The placement of the sensors makes it possible to identify the customer’s foot movement without any risk of confusing it, for example, with a ball rolling under the car.
Furthermore, to prevent unauthorized access to the car, the opening mechanism can only be activated if the control unit also identifies the car key. While attending the Paris Motor Show, we asked Arno Keller, Project Lead BMW 5 Series Touring, to give us a quick demo of this new feature.