Amid the excitement surrounding the launch of the BMW M2 Competition, many BMW enthusiasts have also been talking about the upcoming Operating System 7.0 that the automaker recently previewed. For now, here’s a glimpse at the updated fully digital instrument cluster that will soon be equipped in future production cars.
There is also a high likelihood that the new digital driver display will first be seen in high end models like that of the 7 Series facelift, 8 Series Coupe & Convertible, as well as the X7, and later on will be installed in lesser cars of BMW’s expansive range.
Now, the new BMW Operating System 7.0, as part of the iDrive infotainment system, will be getting a new display that can show the navigation map alongside individually selected content based on the driver’s preferences. It is purely digital and highly sophisticated.
According to the automaker, they had redesigned the cluster so that it could seamlessly blend into the screen in the center console, giving the illusion of a uniformly designed large screen. This may sound somewhat familiar to you and that is because the Bavarian automaker’s rival, Mercedes Benz featured the same thing before.
While we are at it, the central display has also been updated and it now has better touch operation, together with more displayed information with up to 10 configurable main menu pages, each of them encompassing between two and four pads. There is also a simple menu structure that allows a user to have access to the desired function minus the hassle of going through the submenu. Aside from the touchscreen, the driver can also use the iDrive, or use voice commands or gesture controls that the system features as well.
This new digital instrument by BMW was first unveiled at the Digital Day 2018 event. Aside from this, the automaker also spoke about the 5G mobile standard and how it works to implement the technology. And that’s not all they talked about, as another topic they discussed was about a real time hazard system and how the future’s fully connected car’s will be able to receive notifications about an upcoming accident site towards the route they are going, or even updates about bad weather, to lower the risks of an accident.
We hear this a lot, but it seems like the future is already here. Thanks to innovation, not only can automakers focus on developing cars and motorcycles for the premium segment but also offer utmost convenience and protection.