BMW Previews Its New Digital Instrument Cluster And Infotainment System

BMW has held its “Digital Day” which provides a glimpse at the some of the technologies that the company is working on.

One of the most notable things shown off at this year’s event was an all-digital instrument cluster which features a larger display and new graphics. As you can see in the images, the display has a fuel gauge and speedometer on the left as well as a tachometer and coolant gauge on the right. The display also has a large central area which can be used to show navigation data.

BMW declined to go into specifics but the instrument cluster will soon find its way into production models as previous spy photos have shown the display in the 7-Series, 8-Series and X7.

Besides the digital instrument cluster, BMW showcased the next-generation of their infotainment system. Unimaginatively called BMW Operating System 7.0, the system has a clearer layout and structure as well as more intuitive operation.

The system has been designed to meet a “user’s individual requirements more closely” and it promises to provide the right information at the right time. As an example, BMW says the infotainment system will show a parking map when a driver is about to reach their destination.

Users will be able to access the infotainment system through touch, voice and gesture control as well as the traditional iDrive controller. The company also said we can expect the system to provide ten menu pages which can be customized to suit a driver’s tastes.

In other news, BMW says it is ready to embrace 5G connectivity as the mobile standard will allow high-speed connections which can be used to stream HD quality video as well as update HD maps. Unfortunately, the technology won’t be available in production models for several more years.

While BMW has been offering vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology for awhile, the automaker will introduce an improved system later this year. The newest version of the technology promises to make traffic jam reports even more specific as it will notify drivers about instances of emergency braking. The system will also display “requests from the police to keep a corridor free for emergency vehicles.”

Other highlights from the event included a showcase on how the company is using mixed reality to speed up development as well as displays highlighting the company’s use of 3D printing to make components for the i8 Roadster and MINI Yours Customized program.

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  • Stigasawuswrecks

    BMW proving once again that they’re behind Mercedes and Audi.

    • Autoexperte

      and behind Peugeot

      • Finkployd

        I don’t like peugeot s approach, the graphics they use are way too cheap/videogame-like.
        Unfortunately bmw seems to be exploring that direction as well :/
        it’s a shame; I loved their seamless mix of analog/digital

    • lagunas3ca

      Mercedes-Benz has stolen BMW’s crown in US luxury-car sales for 2 consecutive years now. Whoop-de-doo. While Audi and Jaguar Land Rover sales are also on the rise, they are still behind Lexus. Do you know who is not mentioned among any of them? Cadillac.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        What does sales have to do with anything? I’m talking about interior design.

    • PK

      Mercedes Benz = Real Madrid

      BMW = FC Barcelona

      I mean what can I say. 2 of the best in the world barca bimmer falling behind against their rivals madrid and merc.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Sorry I don’t watch soccer…. I mean futbol.

        • PK

          it’s ok. not everyone watches football.

      • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

        There’s a lot of good clubs also
        Bayern Munich
        Man City
        Liverpool
        AC

        Honestly not fan of the mentioned Spanish teams and the mentioned German car makers

        • PK

          i think mercedes/madrid and bmw/barcelona fits perfectly cause of the fanbases, attractions, accomplishments, history and rivalry they have.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    either ways its gonna have the same layout as their 2008 products do…seriously beemer take a look at benz..theyre schooling u

  • ctk4949

    And still no Android Auto!! Whack!!

  • Trim105

    Meh. Prefer the current analogue styled digital gauges they have. Either way, still behind Audi and Benz.

  • Blue Gum

    They don’t have an 80km/h marker for some reason…

  • PK

    BMW. The Audi’s virtual cockpit and Mercedes Benz’s MBUX is way ahead of you in infotainment system!

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    It’s interesting…if they are thinking of digital interfaces, why bother mimicking analog dials? It’s kind of unnecessary skeuomorphism. They could get rid of that, and use the design space much more efficiently.

    I do think it’s good that they’re planning to retain the iDrive dial as an input mechanism, though…I still don’t know if going “all in” on touch screens (a la Audi & Tesla) is such a great idea (it looks great, but usability while driving…?).

    And in terms of navigation, just give us a screen for Waze, and get everything else out of the way. The cold harsh reality is that people will give up their cars before they’d give up their phones, so stop trying to fight it and just give people they want: a giant moving phone case.

    Which means, by the way, adding Android Auto support. Duh. For free; it’s 2018.

  • It is the sense of History in UX display. Just like on your phone.
    The trend is to move from skeuomorphism design, screen element that mimics the reality progressively hence their approach is on point.

    Peugeot had a disruptive approach whereas as VAG will certainly move there too.

    Plus if you don’t like it the design could be updated in the air.

    Will we see material design applied to this?

  • Enter Ranting

    Cheesy video game graphics.

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