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BMW at CES 2015: Intelligent laser light and OLED technology

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D he BMW CES study M4 Concept Iconic Lights carries the one from the BMW i8 well-known laser light technology. From a speed of 70 km /h, the laser light is automatically switched on in addition to the wide-ranging LED high beam. At the CES, the BMW laser light will be networked with cameras, sensors and driver assistance systems to become intelligent light and will enable numerous new functions in the future. For example, if the vehicle sensors detect a bottleneck on the route, the laser light beams are activated and show the width of the vehicle on the road. In conjunction with the navigation system, the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights illuminates corners at an early stage. The Dynamic Light Spot with laser technology detects people or animals that are on the road or at the roadside from a distance of up to 100 meters and indicates them to the driver by flashing markers.

OLEDs for taillights

There are also light moments in taillight design. The use of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) opens up new freedom for designers in the design of the rear lights, because the new lights enable ultra-flat heights of just 1.4 mm. In the case of the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights, for the first time, in addition to the tail lights, the indicators in the rear lights also feature this technology.

The lighting of the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights at the front and rear provides views of the light functions that will be used in future Series vehicles can be used. In the near future, BMW M GmbH will be bringing a model with OLED technology into series production.

Operating concept with gesture control

BMW is now also showing a display key that points to a 2.2 Inch large LCD display shows whether the doors and windows are locked or the battery level. As a further feature, the Bavarians are presenting a traffic light phase app that connects the smartphone with the traffic computer and thus displays traffic light switchings on the route.

In expanded operating concepts for information and entertainment systems, BMW is also using buttons and touchscreens Free space gesture control. It is sufficient for the driver or front passenger to make a directed gesture in the area between the gear selector switch, steering wheel and control display. The rear passengers can also look forward to a new operating world. The Touch Command system uses a tablet that is connected via WLANis connected to the vehicle and serves as a control unit for the infotainment and entertainment functions as well as the convenience functions. Last but not least, BMW will also show the state of development on the subject of inductive charging of electric cars.


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