BMW might be the reigning king of automotive technology at the moment. With laser headlights, head-up displays and self-parking systems, amongst other things, BMW seems to be leading the way for advanced, auto technology. Some of these feature, however, are much more valuable than others.
For instance, do you really need a self-parking system in your car or can you park all by yourself, like a big boy? I would hope so. Is it a cool feature? Yes, but unnecessary. There are some really useful and practical technology options, and they seem to be the most simple.
Bluetooth comes to mind. It’s probably the most simple and most available in-car tech there is right now, but surprisingly, it isn’t standard on BMWs. After using it everyday and being able to sync my Pandora from my phone or make a phone call just by pressing a button on the steering wheel and saying “call ‘whoever'”, I can never go back. But it’s still an optional extra and it shouldn’t be on a car costing as much as BMWs do.
Parking Sensors and Backup Cameras
Backup sensors/cameras are also really helpful. Tight spaces and busy parking lots can be frustrating without these now, because with it, you know there is nothing behind you if the car isn’t yelling at you. It makes life so much easier and less stressful in those situations.
Satellite navigation is probably the biggest for me, though. It could be that fact that I’m atrocious with directions, but it seems like sat-nav is a must in cars nowadays. It’s just so nice to be able to simply press a button and reroute yourself if stuck in traffic. Or to not have to print out directions or look at your phones nav while on a road trip. Just punch the destination in and let the car guide you.
These three features are the simplest, most readily available in cars yet the most practical and helpful in everyday life. I guess that’s why they are so common. And BMW has some of the best versions of these in all of the car world. The massive screens and intuitive iDrive controller make using these features and absolute breeze. I just wish they were standard kit on BMWs. The last two I can understand being options, but this is 2015, Bluetooth should be standard on all cars, period.