BMW has unveiled the BMW 7 Series with a remote control parking system in South Africa. The car that enables owners to manoeuvre in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel.
The driver initiates the car’s progress forward into or in reverse out of a space using the BMW Display Key. While the car is carrying out the semi-automated manoeuvre, the driver watches out for obstacles.
BMW noted that standout innovations in operating system and driver assistance technology also include the extension of the iDrive system to include a crossing traffic warning, the steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection, and Surround View with 3D View.
The new BMW 7 Series is available with an updated V8 engine and six-cylinder in-line variants from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units.
The addition to the model range of the BMW 740e sees the arrival in the luxury sedan segment of BMW eDrive technology which was first introduced in BMW i cars.
The plug-in hybrid model is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, which together generate total system output of 240 kW.
The BMW 740e iPerformance records combined fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres as calculated in the EU test cycle for hybrid vehicles and a combined electric power consumption of 12.5 kWh per 100 kilometres.
The BMW eDrive technology enables all-electric and therefore locally emission-free driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h and with a range of up to 40 kilometres.
The BMW 740e iPerformance will be available in South Africa from October 2016, the motoring firm said.
Another new addition to the iDrive system’s functionality is BMW gesture control, which is being introduced for the first time. Hand movements detected by a 3D sensor control infotainment functions in an extremely intuitive and user-friendly fashion.
The gestures can be used for a number of functions, including controlling the volume in audio applications and accepting or rejecting incoming mobile calls.