BMW Group at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 (CES, 6 to 9 January 2016 in Las Vegas). Impressive exhibition profile highlights leading position in the area of Connected Car.

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  • BMW i Vision Future Interaction – Concept Car provides an outlook on the networked cockpit and the user interface of the future.
  • BMW i Vision Future Interaction with high-resolution vehicle displays
    whose content adjusts to match the situation; function control with
    gestures, touch-sensitive surfaces and voice control.
  • Information for the driver through head-up display, instrument cluster with three-dimensional display and 21-inch panorama display.
  • BMW i Vision Future Interaction with world premiere of AirTouch: sensors  recognise movements made with the hand and also depth movements.  This means that the panorama display can be operated like a touchscreen without having to actually touch the surface.
  • Reduction of control elements to a minimum. Three drive modes – Pure Drive (driving yourself), Assist (assistance systems intervene actively) and Auto Mode (highly automated operation) – selectable at the steering wheel.
  • Internet of Things stands for even more comprehensive networking which facilitates new services for more efficiency and comfort.
  • The intelligent Open Mobility Cloud of the BMW Group connects networked systems such as a BMW i3 and a Smart Home with personal end devices like smart phone or smart watch.
  • The Open Mobility Cloud networks the correct information and functions, and uses intelligent control to allow complex processes to be started automatically, without their being requested or having to be initiated with an app.
  • Users are provided with predictive information relevant to them personally by networking with the Open Mobility Cloud.
  • Mobility Mirror – mirror and display medium at the same time, component of the Internet of Things networked using the Open Mobility Cloud.
  • Important information for the day is shown in the Mobility Mirror display, such as personal calendar, mobility options, energy status of the smart home, charge status of the BMW i3, weather forecast.
  • Gesture Control Parking: The BMW i3 recognises gestures, and drives into and out of a parking space fully automatically.
  • Remote 3D View: The research application uses the cameras in the BMW i3 as constituent elements of the Internet of Things. The images taken by the cameras can be streamed to networked end devices and provide an overview of the area around the vehicle.
  • Bumper Detect uses an innovative system, identifies whether the driver’s own vehicle being parked has been bumped and activates the vehicle cameras. The networked systems at the same time send a message to the driver’s smart phone, and images are sent if requested.
  • Bumper Detect also recognises whether unauthorised persons are tampering with the vehicle and sends images to the networked mobile end devices.
  • BMW Connected is a prototype of a personalised digital assistant for individual mobility. The focus is on the needs and requirements for mobility of the future.
  • BMW Connected and the Open Mobility Cloud represent a radical new  conceptual approach to mobility. BMW Connected is available all the time  on all networked end devices: at home, on foot or on the move in the  user’s own vehicle, or on public transport.
  • The platform for BMW Connected is the Open Mobility Cloud with a
    highly flexible service architecture.
  • The Open Mobility Cloud offers far-reaching capabilities for machine learning and data analysis. The more frequently users make use of the digital services, the more effectively they can be personalised.
  • Information relevant to the user is always provided at the right time. BMW Connected learns, for example, routes which are taken on a regular basis and proactively informs the user if any disruption is expected along the route.
  • BMW ConnectedRide – Motorcycle laser light in the BMW K1600 GTL concept vehicle with a range of 600 metres for main beam.
  • Head-up Display helmet projects necessary or requested traffic and vehicle information directly into the visual field of the driver
  • Future Mobility Solutions: Light & Charge – simultaneously innovative street lighting with LED technology and charging station for charging the high-voltage batteries of electric vehicles.
  • Standardised connection for charging cable from electric vehicles including vehicles from other manufacturers, cashless payment. Vehicle start using the smart phone app or RFID card.
  • BMW i 8 Mirrorless – System with three cameras replaces the rearview mirror, covers larger viewing angles and eliminates dangerous “blind spots”.
  • Images from the cameras are united on a display which replaces the interior mirror. Presets for the camera or display are not necessary.
  • System evaluates camera images and provides a situative response to imminent hazards, for example with yellow warning icons.
  • Superimposed trajectory lines provide support during parking, and the passenger can also observe the traffic behind the vehicle.
  • BMW i3 Extended Rearview Mirror links up mirror and camera technology. In the interior mirror, the mirror view is overlaid with very precise images from a camera positioned on the roof. This provides a significantly extended field of view.
  • New control concepts from BMW: BMW gesture control in the new BMW 7 Series for controlling information, entertainment and communication functions.
  • New control freedom for rear-seat passengers with BMW Touch Command.

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES, 6 to 9 January 2016) in Las Vegas, the BMW Group is presenting a Vision Car to demonstrate what the interior and the user interface of the future might look like. The rapid advance of networking between driver, vehicle and environment is becoming increasingly intensive and is facilitating new services. One example of new technologies in seamlessly networked vehicles is provided by AirTouch. This feature empowers intuitive control of entertainment, navigation and communication functions using simple gestures made with a flat hand. AirTouch allows the display in a vehicle to be operated like a touchscreen without actually having to make contact with the surface. Sensors record the hand movements in the area between the central console and the interior mirror. This enables drivers or passengers to change the focus on the surface of the large panorama display. Simple confirmation selects the relevant menu item or activates an icon.

Sensors on the instrument dashboard permit 3D control.
One year ago, BMW already presented the new gesture control at the CES. This enables simple movements of a finger to carry out actions such as adjusting the loudness or accepting phone calls. Meanwhile, this technology is available as BMW Gesture Control in the new BMW 7 Series. AirTouch is now taking another big leap forward. Sensors are installed in the area of the instrument dashboard which respond to hand movements here and therefore permit three-dimensional control. A movement of the hand or a gesture activates the surfaces on the large panorama display.

AirTouch has another option to confirm an action. A concealed AirTouch button is located on the rim of the steering wheel. It is on the left and easy to reach with the thumb, and it lights up when a menu or icon can be activated. One tap is sufficient to activate the desired program or change a setting. The passenger also has a button like this positioned on the side sill in the door area. Passengers are therefore able to use one hand to navigate through the menu and the other hand to confirm inputs very quickly.

The intelligent AirTouch menu control reduces the number of steps needed to make a selection. For example, when activating the phone pad, the system automatically brings up contacts or call lists to the top select level so that a call can be made with just one further action. AirTouch recognises which selection and control steps are required next and displays them in advance. This allows the driver to focus all their concentration on the road ahead or offers additional convenient control options when the vehicle is travelling in highly automated mode.

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