Gad­gets and fea­tures to im­prove your au­to­mo­tive ex­pe­ri­ence

Jamaica Gleaner - - AUTO MOTIVES -

BMW 7 Se­ries

If YOU HAVEN’T pur­chased a new ve­hi­cle in the past five years, or made a trip to your favourite man­u­fac­turer’s lo­cal deal­er­ship, you may be miss­ing out on a few cur­rent gad­gets and fea­tures that will make any ve­hi­cle seem like a lux­u­ri­ous sec­ond home.


As seen in many high-end mod­els such as the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Se­ries, and Jaguar XJ, ex­ec­u­tive rear seats of­fer more than a mas­sage func­tion. These seats are of­ten

Nis­san Versa – Fol­low-me-home head­lamps equipped with ven­ti­lat­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and a touch-screen re­mote hous­ing au­dio and cli­mate con­trols, as well as a re­frig­er­a­tor. They are also fully ad­justable and can be re­clined.


Once only an op­tion found on high-end ve­hi­cles, the pow­ered trunk-lift gate is mak­ing its ap­pear­ance in sev­eral mod­els. Even though this may seem like an un­nec­es­sary fea­ture, it will pre­vent fin­ger­prints and smudges around the trunk-lift gate on that freshly washed car. Many pow­ered trunk-lift gates are pro­grammed to stop clo­sure once an ob­ject in its path has been de­tected. Jaguar XJ Ul­ti­mate – ex­ec­u­tive seats


Avail­able as an op­tion on the 2016 Kia Cadenza, these win­dows aren’t afraid of mois­ture as the name would sug­gest, but the glass has been treated to shed wa­ter to pre­serve vis­i­bil­ity dur­ing a down­pour. These win­dows re­sist liq­uid ab­sorp­tion in or­der to sim­plify clean­ing and han­dling. The hy­dropho­bic sur­face causes liq­uids to form droplets on con­tact rather than spread­ing across the sur­face.


The re­cently re­vealed BMW 7-se­ries showed us a glimpse of the fu­ture us­ing an in­frared cam­era. It is mounted in the cabin and can recog­nise hand ges­tures to con­trol ‘in­fo­tain­ment’ and mul­ti­me­dia func­tions.

Sim­ple ges­tures such as ‘swip­ing’ or ‘point­ing’ are iden­ti­fied in the recog­ni­tion area above the cen­tre con­sole. These ges­tures trig­ger func­tions such as ac­cept­ing or re­ject­ing in­com­ing tele­phone calls.

Vol­ume can be ad­justed by cir­cu­lar mo­tions of the in­dex fin­ger. In a few years, this fea­ture should be avail­able across the BMW model range as well as other man­u­fac­tur­ers.


With this fea­ture, the head­lights stay on for a few se­conds after your car has been turned off, il­lu­mi­nat­ing the path ahead. It is a con­ve­nient fea­ture that should help you see your way safely to your door at nights. In most cars with this fea­ture, the timer can be ad­justed any­where from 20 to 45 se­conds.

BMW 7 Se­ries – ges­ture con­trol

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