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Five Useful BMW Features


By PPSL / Cars / Jun 09, 2016


Many BMW drivers can testify to the fact that their BMW cars comes with a variety of convenient and sleek features. Most of which has grown to become an integral part of the sheer driving pleasure of driving a BMW. Following are just five cool features among a myriad of what you could enjoy from BMW. Make sure to look out for these features on your next BMW.
 

Adaptive Headlights

The Adaptive Headlights cast their beam in the direction of the curve you’re steering towards, ensuring better visibility and safety during night drives on winding roads. The sensors measure speed, steering angle and yaw (degree of rotation around the vertical axis) before the small electric motors are communicated to turn the headlights left or right.

What is more, Adaptive Headlights are only active when the vehicle is pulling away. They stay switched off when the BMW is in reverse and when the steering wheel is turned to the left while the vehicle is stationary (e.g. when pulling out of a parallel parking space) to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic. 

Adaptive Headlights are complemented by cornering lights. These are automatically activated at speeds of up to 70 km/h and improve visibility in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle, which is useful when driving along hairpin bends, turning or parking.

BMW Adaptive Headlights

BMW Head-Up Display

The BMW Head-Up Display projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight, allowing you to process driving information faster by up to 50% and keep your attention on the road. 

BMW vehicles with BMW Head-Up Display has a small square depression on the dashboard. It contains a projector and a system of mirrors that beams an easy-to-read, high-contrast image onto a translucent film on the windscreen, directly in your line of sight. The image is projected in such a way that it appears to be about two metres away, above the tip of the bonnet, making it particularly comfortable to read.

In addition to the speed, which is displayed permanently, the BMW Head-Up Display can also show other content depending on model and equipment. Examples include: rpm (in BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M this is multi-coloured), navigation instructions like the Guiding information with intersection zoom function and Lane Guiding, Speed Limit Info and the status of the Active Cruise Control. Driver Assistant warnings and the Check Control are also displayed in the BMW Head-Up Display, e.g. pedestrian recognition from BMW Night Vision or the Collision Warning. 

BMW Head-Up Display

Comfort Access System

As soon as you come within 1.5 metres of your BMW, the Comfort Access System remotely senses your BMW key, wherever you happen to be carrying it – in your jacket pocket, handbag or briefcase. Simply touch the door handle and the door unlocks. The system also senses when you've entered the cabin and enables the Start/Stop button, so all you need to do is press it and drive off.

And when you reach your destination, your BMW locks all doors automatically simply with a press on the exterior door handle. Your vehicle key also functions as a remote control for opening and closing the tailgate. If you wish, you can store your individual driver settings by using the key's memory function. Up to eleven individual preferences for seat adjustments, exterior mirrors, steering wheel position, BMW Head-Up Display and the audio system can, depending on the model of your BMW, be saved on the key and activated each time you enter your vehicle.

Contactless opening of the tailgate is another innovative technology from BMW ConnectedDrive. A sensor detects a brief movement of your foot below the rear bumper and sends a signal to the on-board computer, which unlocks the tailgate. The tailgate then springs open on its own or is opened by the optional tailgate lift.

Comfort Access System

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

The DSC improves safety by facilitating vehicle control even in adverse driving conditions or on tough surfaces. DSC is the nucleus of the chassis control systems in BMW vehicles. It ensures the highest possible levels of stability when driving, and it maximizes traction of all wheels when setting off or accelerating. It is able to detect the first signs of oversteering or understeering and helps keep the vehicle safely on course, even if the tyres have varying levels of grip.

Sophisticated sensors permanently check how the vehicle is driving. Information is gathered from a range of sensors monitoring wheel rotation, steering angle, lateral forces, pressure and yaw (degree of rotation around the vertical axis). A simulation model stored in the DSC control unit ensures stability ("one-/two-track model") and can be compared with information coming from the steering wheel and accelerator: if there is too great a difference between the model and how the vehicle is currently travelling, DSC acts to increase stability or traction.

The engine and brake management systems are targeted specifically; xDrive is also included in all-wheel drive vehicles. Reducing or increasing the engine torque or braking individual wheels can improve stability and traction. Active Steering’s integrated yaw regulation system can even help significantly reduce steering effort and the extent of DSC’s contribution to stability.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

Navigation System Professional

The Navigation System Professional gives the driver a 3D design combined with an innovative display concept and numerous functions for navigation, office and multimedia – for maximum comfort and information en route to your destination. The high-resolution colored display of up to 10.2 inches large, with a split-screen function (depending on model), coupled with a fast 1.3 GHz processor and a built-in 3D graphic chip permits fluid browsing and scrolling; animations and dynamic transitions making it fun to use.

The High Guiding Function makes navigating in the city easier and unclear road layouts more understandable. Depending on the equipment installed the navigation information is clearly displayed on the multifunctional instrument display, on the central Control Display or on the BMW Head-Up Display. Lane Guiding offers extra information so the driver can change lanes in time. With the 3D city model view, available for certain cities, the driver gets a realistic interpretation of streets and buildings and can better orientate himself. 

Furthermore, with Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), the driver receives traffic information in real time that he can use to calculate routes more precisely, plan detours according to recommendations and calculate arrival time. Using mobile data and the built-in SIM card, RTTI is supported by rapid and comprehensive data transmission. In addition to motorways and dual carriageways, the system also collects information on country roads and many urban connections. 


Navigation System Professional


Authorized Source: BMW.com, Technology Guide.

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Five Useful BMW Features


By PPSL / Cars / Jun 09, 2016


Many BMW drivers can testify to the fact that their BMW cars comes with a variety of convenient and sleek features. Most of which has grown to become an integral part of the sheer driving pleasure of driving a BMW. Following are just five cool features among a myriad of what you could enjoy from BMW. Make sure to look out for these features on your next BMW.
 

Adaptive Headlights

The Adaptive Headlights cast their beam in the direction of the curve you’re steering towards, ensuring better visibility and safety during night drives on winding roads. The sensors measure speed, steering angle and yaw (degree of rotation around the vertical axis) before the small electric motors are communicated to turn the headlights left or right.

What is more, Adaptive Headlights are only active when the vehicle is pulling away. They stay switched off when the BMW is in reverse and when the steering wheel is turned to the left while the vehicle is stationary (e.g. when pulling out of a parallel parking space) to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic. 

Adaptive Headlights are complemented by cornering lights. These are automatically activated at speeds of up to 70 km/h and improve visibility in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle, which is useful when driving along hairpin bends, turning or parking.

BMW Adaptive Headlights

BMW Head-Up Display

The BMW Head-Up Display projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight, allowing you to process driving information faster by up to 50% and keep your attention on the road. 

BMW vehicles with BMW Head-Up Display has a small square depression on the dashboard. It contains a projector and a system of mirrors that beams an easy-to-read, high-contrast image onto a translucent film on the windscreen, directly in your line of sight. The image is projected in such a way that it appears to be about two metres away, above the tip of the bonnet, making it particularly comfortable to read.

In addition to the speed, which is displayed permanently, the BMW Head-Up Display can also show other content depending on model and equipment. Examples include: rpm (in BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M this is multi-coloured), navigation instructions like the Guiding information with intersection zoom function and Lane Guiding, Speed Limit Info and the status of the Active Cruise Control. Driver Assistant warnings and the Check Control are also displayed in the BMW Head-Up Display, e.g. pedestrian recognition from BMW Night Vision or the Collision Warning. 

BMW Head-Up Display

Comfort Access System

As soon as you come within 1.5 metres of your BMW, the Comfort Access System remotely senses your BMW key, wherever you happen to be carrying it – in your jacket pocket, handbag or briefcase. Simply touch the door handle and the door unlocks. The system also senses when you've entered the cabin and enables the Start/Stop button, so all you need to do is press it and drive off.

And when you reach your destination, your BMW locks all doors automatically simply with a press on the exterior door handle. Your vehicle key also functions as a remote control for opening and closing the tailgate. If you wish, you can store your individual driver settings by using the key's memory function. Up to eleven individual preferences for seat adjustments, exterior mirrors, steering wheel position, BMW Head-Up Display and the audio system can, depending on the model of your BMW, be saved on the key and activated each time you enter your vehicle.

Contactless opening of the tailgate is another innovative technology from BMW ConnectedDrive. A sensor detects a brief movement of your foot below the rear bumper and sends a signal to the on-board computer, which unlocks the tailgate. The tailgate then springs open on its own or is opened by the optional tailgate lift.

Comfort Access System

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

The DSC improves safety by facilitating vehicle control even in adverse driving conditions or on tough surfaces. DSC is the nucleus of the chassis control systems in BMW vehicles. It ensures the highest possible levels of stability when driving, and it maximizes traction of all wheels when setting off or accelerating. It is able to detect the first signs of oversteering or understeering and helps keep the vehicle safely on course, even if the tyres have varying levels of grip.

Sophisticated sensors permanently check how the vehicle is driving. Information is gathered from a range of sensors monitoring wheel rotation, steering angle, lateral forces, pressure and yaw (degree of rotation around the vertical axis). A simulation model stored in the DSC control unit ensures stability ("one-/two-track model") and can be compared with information coming from the steering wheel and accelerator: if there is too great a difference between the model and how the vehicle is currently travelling, DSC acts to increase stability or traction.

The engine and brake management systems are targeted specifically; xDrive is also included in all-wheel drive vehicles. Reducing or increasing the engine torque or braking individual wheels can improve stability and traction. Active Steering’s integrated yaw regulation system can even help significantly reduce steering effort and the extent of DSC’s contribution to stability.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

Navigation System Professional

The Navigation System Professional gives the driver a 3D design combined with an innovative display concept and numerous functions for navigation, office and multimedia – for maximum comfort and information en route to your destination. The high-resolution colored display of up to 10.2 inches large, with a split-screen function (depending on model), coupled with a fast 1.3 GHz processor and a built-in 3D graphic chip permits fluid browsing and scrolling; animations and dynamic transitions making it fun to use.

The High Guiding Function makes navigating in the city easier and unclear road layouts more understandable. Depending on the equipment installed the navigation information is clearly displayed on the multifunctional instrument display, on the central Control Display or on the BMW Head-Up Display. Lane Guiding offers extra information so the driver can change lanes in time. With the 3D city model view, available for certain cities, the driver gets a realistic interpretation of streets and buildings and can better orientate himself. 

Furthermore, with Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), the driver receives traffic information in real time that he can use to calculate routes more precisely, plan detours according to recommendations and calculate arrival time. Using mobile data and the built-in SIM card, RTTI is supported by rapid and comprehensive data transmission. In addition to motorways and dual carriageways, the system also collects information on country roads and many urban connections. 


Navigation System Professional


Authorized Source: BMW.com, Technology Guide.

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