Ges­ture and it acts for you: BMW 730Ld’s in­fo­tain­ment tech a driver’s de­light

Mint ST - - TECH@YOU - Prasid.b@livemint.com NEW DELHI

When it comes to in­fo­tain­ment in cars, there are few that can ri­val the BMW 7 se­ries. One of the first things that you will get used to is the car’s ges­ture recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy. The BMW 730Ld can change mu­sic when you point two fin­gers at it, mod­u­late vol­ume as you twirl your fin­ger in front of the dis­play, and so on. It’s a re­ally in­tu­itive way to con­trol var­i­ous op­tions while you drive.

An­other great el­e­ment is the fact that the touch-screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is very re­spon­sive. You will of­ten find cars, even in the high-end seg­ment, that have touch-screen sys­tems that are slow and dif­fi­cult to use. The fact that this one has low la­tency, makes it easy to use while driv­ing. That said, you will mostly be us­ing the new touchready idrive con­troller, a dial that’s placed be­side the gear. The touch­screen dis­play is in­ten­tion­ally placed above the dash­board, which makes it dif­fi­cult for the driver to reach out while driv­ing. But BMW’S idrive con­troller is easy to get used to. The dial can be ro­tated to move through apps and you can press the dial to se­lect op­tions. The up­per sur­face of the dial is also a touch­sen­si­tive hand­writ­ing pad.

The car has both Ap­ple Car- play and BMW’S Con­nected Drive tech­nol­ogy. So, if you have an iphone, Carplay will do the job well, but An­droid phones are cov­ered as well. Con­nected Drive is al­most as re­spon­sive and as easy to use as Carplay. It can’t match the ac­cu­racy of Google Maps when nav­i­gat­ing, but it will do most other things. In fact, the car’s seat mas­sagers, in-car fra­grance con­trollers and many other el­e­ments are con­trolled via Con­nected Drive only and they work with­out a glitch.

The car also has rear-in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems via screens placed be­hind the two front seats. So, the back­seat pas­sen­gers can choose to have their own en­ter­tain­ment. It doesn’t have Blue­tooth for the back­seats though. To con­nect Blue­tooth, the rear pas­sen­ger will still have to use the screen in front of the driver.

The car also has six LED colours for am­bi­ent light­ing—

white, green, blue, yel­low, orange and red. You have dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of these lights in­side the car.

Top­ping off all the tech­nol­ogy is the car’s key which has a touch-screen (re­sis­tive— which is less re­spon­sive than a ca­pac­i­tive screen) that al­lows you to pre­set when the air con­di­tioner should come on. It also has a mileage in­di­ca­tor, cen­tral lock­ing con­trols and, per­haps most im­por­tantly, a re­mote park fea­ture which lets you pull the car out of a park­ing spot, us­ing the phys­i­cal keys and a touch in­ter­face. It’s dif­fi­cult to use it in In­dia though, es­pe­cially given the unortho­dox and un­planned park­ing ar­eas . Yet, it’s a good fea­ture to have in the long-run and helps when the car is parked par­al­lel to oth­ers.

Over­all, the car is among the best for a tech en­thu­si­ast. It is ex­pen­sive for sure, but if you can af­ford it, the tech­nol­ogy won’t dis­ap­point you.

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