The Latest in Technology from BMW

This year 2014, BMW has already shown off what the future holds for British motorists, and the future looks very interesting indeed.

Let’s take a look at what the future has in store for BMW owners.

Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking

The Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking system is one of BMW’s latest safety innovations. This system uses a rear view mirror camera to monitor the road ahead and if any obstacle is detected, it will emit a warning signal to notify the driver. If the driver fails to take action, it’ll brake the vehicle to a full stop between 6 and 37 mph.

Self-Parking Cars

BMW will soon launch self-parking technology. It will come to the BMW i3 first before moving up the range. This technology is different to other systems – the driver need not touch the steering wheels or pedals.

Drifting Self-Drive Cars

At CES 2014, BMW showed off their latest innovation – cars that can drift themselves. A modified 2-Series Coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe could drift using 360-degree radar, ultrasonic sensors and cameras.


BMW ActiveAssist is a new technology that’s currently being tested. It is autonomous technology for ‘spirited driving’, and recently, Motor Authority had the chance to test it out. This technology see’s your vehicle essentially driving itself, using existing sensors to make all of the millisecond adjustments needed at speed.

Current Driver Technology
The future looks incredible, but the present isn’t that bad either. Here’s some of the best current driver tech available in your BMW:


BMW has continuously developed and refined their driver media and entertainment system, iDrive, over the years. It is one of the most advanced entertainment systems you can find in a vehicle, gifting owners the ability to do the usual – play CD’s, make telephone calls, listen to the radio and navigate. What it can also do however is accept voice control input, and depending on the specification of the BMW, this is the interface drivers use for changing their suspension and drive settings. The display is also pretty neat – it’s high resolution and glare free. Because this system is so advanced, it is important that drivers only use specialist diagnostic and servicing centres to add new features to iDrive, according to BMW servicing Shrewsbury.

Auto Start/Stop

Start and stop technology is now used by almost all car manufacturers in the UK – 2 years ago it used to come as an optional extra on expensive models, but now it’s available on practically any BMW. Auto Start/Stop is a clever fuel saving technology that turns off the engine each time the vehicle comes to a complete halt. In traffic, this system saves a significant amount of fuel and thus it reduces the drivers carbon foot print. This is a good feature to have – cars equipped with Start/Stop technology have lower CO2 emissions, and therefore, they benefit from a lower annual tax cost.


This is a fantastic piece of kit to have on your BMW. Traditionally, automatic gearboxes have not been involving and they can limit the driving experience of a BMW. Steptronic changes this – it transforms the 6-speed automatic in a BMW into a 6-speed manual. How does it work? Drivers simply move the gear selector level to activate Steptronic, and then drivers can shift gears up and down like a regular manual. A match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Navigation System Professional

This is the most advanced navigation system currently available in a BMW. It forms a part of iDrive, BMW’s driver entertainment system. Navigation System Professional gives the driver a fully integrated sat nav which, combined with a high resolution 10.2-inch display, looks incredible, and is so simple to use you’ll never need to buy a TomTom again. This system benefits from a High Guiding System which gives Navigation System Professional better signal strength in cities, or other areas where tall objects would hamper a traditional system.

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