The vehicles themselves have a new digital instrument cluster that includes a camera behind the wheel. It can detect your face to ensure you’re watching the road. They’ll also have the seventh-generation of the iDrive system, which will come with advanced driver assistance technologies. Together, the BMW Live Cockpit can tell if you’re paying attention when you initiate the Extended Traffic Jam Assistant system.
This semi-autonomous system is optional and part of a $1,700 package. Unlike past versions, you won’t have to keep your hand on the steering wheel, as it will watch you in traffic. You’ll have to do little behind the wheel, other than keep looking ahead. You can’t actually let the car do anything on its own if the optical camera notices you are distracted or sleeping. This is meant to be a safety precaution.
The new BMW Live Cockpit will also come with other features, such as the ability to personalise the content displayed in the dash and HUD. The BMW Operating System 7.0 also lets you do remote updates via a phone, allowing you to skip the dealer in order to upgrade your infotainment system. The BMW Connected app lets you know when an update is available, and the download happens in the app over Wi-Fi.
When the phone is connected to the vehicle, the installation will begin transferring data to the vehicle.