BMW 7-SE­RIES

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The new BMW 7-se­ries might just be the most ad­vanced pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle in the world. The Ger­man mar­que’s new flag­ship sedan fea­tures a num­ber of new tech­nolo­gies, such as ges­ture con­trol for the cabin, re­mote park­ing and Car­bon Core con­struc­tion. The 7-se­ries is the first BMW to com­bine the idrive cabin con­trol sys­tem with a touch screen and ges­ture con­trol. Ges­ture con­trol is a par­tic­u­larly in­no­va­tive pointer to the fu­ture: a 3D sen­sor in the cabin mon­i­tors the driver’s move­ments and al­lows hand con­trol for a num­ber of func­tions, in­clud­ing ad­just­ment of the au­dio vol­ume and an­swer­ing or re­ject­ing in­com­ing phone calls. There is also the op­tion of pair­ing a spe­cific ges­ture with a func­tion of choice. Re­mote park­ing is a world first. The 7-se­ries can be ma­noeu­vred in and out of tight park­ing spa­ces with­out a driver at the wheel, us­ing the newly de­vel­oped BMW Dis­play Key. This al­lows the op­er­a­tor to stand out­side the ve­hi­cle to watch out for ob­sta­cles. The 7-se­ries has also picked up tech­nol­ogy from BMW’S for­ward-think­ing i-cars: the elec­tric i3 and plug-in hy­brid i8 su­per­car. Like those highly in­no­va­tive mod­els, the Seven uses car­bon fi­bre in some of its con­struc­tion, with a method BMW calls Car­bon Core. The car­bon is blended with alu­minium and steel to re­duce weight by up to 130kg com­pared with the pre­vi­ous model.

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