BMW 7 Series
BMW's just announced its latest 7 Series and it it, as you'd imagine, quite swank. It's no doubt a smooth ride that will turn heads, but we're interested in the tech, of which there is plenty, from remote-control parking to a Bowers and Wilkins sound system.
A world’s first, no less, the BMW 7 Series lets you remotely park the car from outside of the vehicle. Using the 7 Series Display Key, just use the touchscreen as a remote control to park the car - and reverse out of spaces afterwards - like you're Pierce Brosnan in that Bond film with the remote-controlled BImmer. The next model, die 2017, will be invisible and feature rocket launchers.
The Bimmer iDrive system now include a touchscreen and gesture control, as well as a Heads-Up Display, crossing traffic warning, steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and Surround View, including a 3D View. It's Minority Report on wheels, basically.
Backseat drivers' perks
Not only can your passengers control functions from a seven-inch tablet, they can also watch streamed video (there's Wi-Fi, naurally) on a brace of 10-inch screens.
After that, why not chillax? The seats have a massage function with eight different programs and variable intensity levels from relaxing to "ouch, that's my lumbar". You can even choose to stimulate muscles in specific regions of the body.
As well as internal mood lighting, there's an LED ‘light carpet’ to project a lit path outside the car whenever the doors are open. Other opulent options include a glass moonroof, etched so it simulates a starry night sky, lit with hidden LEDs and a Bowers & Wilkins diamond-cut surround sound hi-fi system. Tasty.
BMW Laser Light
Touch controls all over the place
You can also control in-car systems from here, if you like. We're just using up all these nice press shots for the sake of it now, really.