BMW 7 Series up for 2016 Technology of the Year Finalist

1 of 3 Finalists for Auto Blog's Tech Car Award

BMW remade the luxurious 7 Series around technology for 2016. Yes, the 6th generation of BMW's iconic flagship remains a luxury leader, but its sophisticated new features expand the 7's traditional strengths to a new generation that relies on your smartphone.

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The 7 Series' extensive technology is most evident inside, where the driver and passengers have new interactions with the car. A feature called gesture control allows the driver to turn the volume up, accept or decline phone calls, or turn off the home screen using their hand movements. The sedan also has a digital instrument cluster, LCD touchscreen keyfob, wireless charging feature for cell phones, and a pinch-to-zoom function that makes iDrive simpler to use. Life is especially good in the backseat, where a 7' Touch Command Tablet allows the passenger to control comfort, lighting, and infotainment tasks. There's also WiFi, a gorgeous panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, and 10' screens mounted into the seatbacks.

Auto Blog explains the "creature comforts and connectivity aside, BMW literally redid the 7 Series to the core. The new body structure, called Carbon Core, helps the sedan cut weight by up to 190 pounds compared with its predecessor while improving stiffness and rigidity. Meanwhile, the big sedan now offers four-wheel steering, improved aerodynamics, and it will get a plug-in hybrid version next year."

It's still a 7 Series, and that means it has all of the luxury you can imagine in a vehicle. The car will massage you, perfume the air, and ionize the cabin. Naturally, it has a potent twin-turbo V8 pushing out 445 horsepower. This is what you've come to expect from the BMW brand. But with the new 7 Series, the venerable automaker moves toward the modern tech-savvy consumer, and that's why Bavaria's most decadent sedan is a finalist for Auto Blog's Technology of the Year award.

by Auto Blog

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