January is many things to many people, including the start of a new year. For electronics manufacturers, it means the annual trip to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. Running from the 6th to the 9th, it will feature many new products, with many of them oriented to the motoring world. As a leader in their industry, BMW provided a few hints of their display in a press release dated January 5th.
With a focus on less distractions for the driver, their “i Vision Future Interaction” is a concept car loaded with a networked cockpit. With an interior loaded with interactive HD screens, the car tracks and responds to gestures and voice commands. The main panel is a 21-inch panoramic screen with various display modes. Reducing the number of inputs to a select few on the steering wheel and providing only the necessary data to the heads up display will keep the driver focused on the road, not searching for the correct buttons.
Their goal is complete interaction with your smartphone via their Open Mobility Cloud. It allows for a real-time 3D view around your car on your device, no matter where you are. If the car notices unauthorized movement near it while parked, it instantly alerts your phone, streaming images of the incident. Their cloud is a self-learning system, it streamlines the features you use most often, and eliminates the ones you don’t. A new RFID connection for electric charging stations has provisions for cash-less payment and will be upgradable for future technologies.
With more electronics than the space shuttle, we’re curious to see how big the alternator is to provide the necessary amperage. They are saving the juicy details for the show, so stay tuned to Autofluence for more updates after the show opens.