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BMW’s Latest Technology and Innovation

Updated on September 17, 2012

Safety


BMW has added and an additional airbag to both the driver’s side and passenger side to protect the occupant’s knees and shins in the event of an accident. The special air bag is called “Active Knee Protection”. The air bag drops down around and below the glove box are in the event of a crash. If you’ve ever been in a severe crash, you can easily recognize that this is a very relevant and beneficial safety feature. Why didn’t anyone think of this before?


Another nice safety feature that BMW has recently added to their cars is the “Lane Departure Warning”. While many other auto companies have come out with similar features, BMW does this in a very unique way. A camera located between the windshield and the rearview mirror sees the marking on the road and notify the driver via a steering wheel vibration if there is a lane change without the use of the turn signal. Now, if only we could get this installed on every car, maybe I wouldn’t get so angry about people not using their turn signal!


Comfort


My first experience with a heads up display with in the late 1990’s in my friends dad’s Cadillac STS. At the time I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. Well, BMW has taken the basics of almost all heads up displays and added navigation to their, “Head-Up Display”. This allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road 100% of the time, even in unknown areas while relying on navigation.


BMW Facebook App Commercial

Entertainment


At the SXSW music festival, BMW announced that it was teaming up with Stitcher, the radio app to be directly available in the car. Basically, you plug your iPhone in, select the Stitched app via the infotainment center in your car then select the station you would like to listen to. After connecting the phone, there is no need to use the phone. All channels changing are made through the car.


This will accompany BMW’s other available apps such as Facebook and Pandora


Performance


I’m not a huge fan of 4 cylinder engines but BMW’s 2.0-liter twin turbo is intriguing. This little guy boasts 260 foot pounds of torque with a maximum horse power output of 240-hp at 5,000RPM. This engine will make is debut in the Z4 sDrive28i.


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