The BMW technology packages are best in its class. From the useful head-up display to the cool, new BMW key with a screen, these innovative gadgets take the driving experience up a few notches. Here are the top five most wanted BMW technology packages to make your journeys in the car more pleasant and convenient.
5. The Convenient BMW Wireless Charging
4. The BMW LCD Display Key
3. The BMW Remote Control Parking
2. The Convenient BMW Head-Up Display
1. The Advanced BMW Touch Display and Gesture Control
Being able to charge your mobile phone on the go is important. Currently, there are two mobile phone charging options available in the new BMWs:
BMW’s new Wireless Charging function is located in the center console compartment via the smartphone holder. The utility is fitted with a secondary a microphone and an integrated warning system to alert passengers if the phone is left behind in the car. Two cell phones can be simultaneously connected to the vehicle via Bluetooth.
Even the quality of mobile calls in the BMW is taken into consideration during the design and engineering. The roof aerial of BMWs ensures minimal interruption in reception and the call quality should be as good in the car as it is outside.
The BMW wireless charging function is currently only available on selected BMWs such as the BMW 7 Series. However, you can still charge your phone wirelessly in your BMW.
This magnetic car mount holder that connects the QI wireless charging device can be rotated 360 degrees and tilted up and down 15 degrees. It works with any mobile phone that supports wireless charging. The car wireless charger has a stylish Aluminum cover, silicone anti-skid pad with a strong-hold sticker and magnet. It can be installed on the air vent, dashboard or any flat surface in the car. The device has a dimension of 2.56 inches in diameter, with a conversion rate of 70%. The input is DC 5V 1.5V, and the output is DC 5V 1A.
The BMW Display Key is the new generation of BMW smart key. It features an integrated touch display, which is a mini touchscreen that operates and displays various vehicle information and status. The key charges wirelessly or through a dedicated USB cable.
The BMW LCD Display Key is currently available for the BMW i8 and the 7 Series. It does a number of tasks such as notifying the driver of the fuel level in the car, turn on the air conditioning, and open windows in BMWs. In the BMW 7 Series, Drivers can use the BMW Display Key to bring the car in and out of a spot when the vehicle is in a straight position directly facing the parking space.
Even if you don’t have the LCD Display Key, you can still make your BMW key look good. Incorporate the iconic BMW M logo and carbon fiber designs into your BMW keychain and key case.
The BMW keychain/ key case is made from carbon fiber inspired premium black soft leather with BMW M logo. The leather key case paired with keychain comes with a set of spare pins helps to protect your BMW key from scratch.
The BMW Remote Control Parking is an automatic parking function that moves your car safely in and out of a parking space without the need for a driver to physically operate the steering wheel.
The process of parking and reversing out of a parking space is mainly controlled by three functions:
Watch this video to see how the BMW Remote Control Parking works.
BMW is equipped with the up-to-date Parking Assistant, at a push of a button, the system takes over and parks the car into any spot. Yes, that includes those dreadful parallel parking. The car does it all, from steering, shifting, braking, to aligning itself into space. All tasks are being executed perfectly without you lifting a finger. This option is currently available on the latest BMW 7 Series.
BMW’s Active Park Distance Control, as part of the Parking Assistant function, provides automatic braking as an emergency precaution. The system takes over and applies braking when a possible collision in the rear is detected during reverse operations carried out by the driver.
See our complete guide on the BMW Parking Assistant.
The useful BMW Parking Assistant function is part of the two safety packages offered by BMW. Both packages include functions which ensure added road safety for drivers and passengers.
The Driver Assistance Plus and Driver Assistance Plus II are available with the Navigation System Business or Professional only and are both offered exclusively with the Steptronic transmission, as equipped for the BMW 7 Series.
If your BMW did not come with the Driver Assistance Plus and Plus II packages. You can still get the Rear Dash Cameras for added safety and convenience. This dash cam comes with WDR, Full HD 170-degree wide angle display which covers up to 4 lanes.
Another useful function is its G-Sensor which automatically detects sudden shake or collision and locks the footage to prevent it from being overwritten by loop recording. The Motion Detection function is also extremely useful for parking and backing up.
The BMW Head Up Display is a display that projects drive and multimedia related information onto the front windshield of the car. The projected data can include various driving status, system warnings, directional messages, and even multimedia information. The Head Up Display enhances the safety of driving by preventing drivers from taking their eyes off the road.
The Head Up Display is part of the technology package as well as the BMW Executive Package. Specifically, the BMW Head UP Display can project the following vehicle and driving-related information depending on the model of the BMW:
If you didn’t opt for the Head Up Display for your BMW, you could always use a car dash smartphone mount for mobile phones to project your phone’s navigation information. The device can be secured on the car’s dashboard with a non-slip mat to reflect navigation directions to avoid the driver looking down and away from the road.
See our complete guide on the BMW Head-Up Display.
The new Center Console for the Navigation Professional and the latest iDrive 5.0 system features a 12.3-inch Touch Display with Gesture Control is exclusive to the BMW 7 Series. The monitor located on the Center Console works like any touchscreen device, while you can still make selections via the traditional buttons and voice command.
The Gesture Control makes our list for the most wanted BMW gadget update. We call it the “magic touch.” It allows the driver to initiate functions with hand movements in the air. No, this is not a typo. The function recognizes gestures such as pointing in different directions, swirling your fingers, and even customized gestures for elective functions.
The Gesture Control system can control a number of tasks such as adjusting audio volume, accepting or rejecting incoming calls, as well as recording user specified gestures to pair with a user selected function.
Now, there is something cooler than gesture control. You can literally command your BMW without lifting a finger. No pun intended.
Starting from mid-2018, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant can work with selected model years 2014 and later BMWs via the BMW Connected app. The mobile app is free to download, and it connects with Alexa via a companion called the BMW Connected Skill.
You will need to link the BMW Connected Skill with your BMW Connected account to enable Alexa on your BMW. Once connected, Alexa can send remote service commands to your car such as manage your trips, switch on the climate controls in advance, and locking your car remotely. Awesome!