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.