Vehicles and smartwatches do match, the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show has proved. During the CES 2014, BMW became the first carmaker in the world to present vehicle functions on Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch as part of a research application. The new Samsung Galaxy Gear is a wristwatch that displays information from a linked smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions feature similar attributes to the BMW i Remote App that keeps drivers connected with their BMW i3 at all times and provides them with the assistance they need even when they outside the car. The Samsung Galaxy Gear with BMW i Remote App functions could provide information on the battery charge and available range of the premium electric vehicle.
It could also provide information on any departure times that have been inputted. It also could show whether the BMW i3’s windows, doors and sunroof are closed and could enable users to send a navigation destination to the vehicle or adjust the on-board climate to get ready for a cruise. These can be done through spoken commands via Samsung’s speech recognition assistant, S Voice.
Designers had a great freedom in shaping the new BMW i3, thanks to the LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive drive technology. In fact, these technologies allowed the BMW i3 to boast of an appearance to provide a memorable sense of space and driving experience.
The new BMW i3 is an agile creation suitable for urban, as evidenced by its proportions and dimensions: 3,999 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width and 1,578 mm in height. This is further underlined by the fact that the new BMW i3 has short overhangs. On the other hand, the lightness and low-weight nature of the BMW i3 are underscored by its large glass surfaces and the visible carbon structures.
Interestingly, the new i3 has no B-pillars, which mean that the driver and passengers could easily enter or exit the vehicle. This is made possible by employing CFRP in the construction of the passenger compartment.
Of course, the i3 comes with some signature features of BMW i models, like the "black belt" that flows from the bonnet, over the roof and into the rear end. Another signature feature is the so-called "stream flow" sweep of the side contours, allowing the BMW i3 to have larger side window surfaces at the rear end.
On the front end, the BMW i3 is marked by a dynamically contoured apron as well as by the reinterpreted the BMW kidney grille. The front end also features headlights bordered by U-shaped LED units. These U-shaped LED units are also found on the rear, now integrated as "floating" elements into the i3’s large glazed tailgate.