BMW 535 Gran Turismo 2011 Car Tech Review

By on February 9, 2011
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Combining tech with beauty.

Coming to the tech side, the BMW 535 Gran Turismo is extremely loaded. Its the first car that we have received that features a heads-up display. I’m not saying its the first car to have this feature but the first one that we’re looking at and that really adds a lot to the cool factor. Basically you see a projection on your windshield that actually looks as though its a few feet in front of the car so your eyes are always on the road ahead of you. The HUD shows information such as your speed, alerts and warnings and distance between your car and the one ahead.

Adaptive Cruise Control is also a part of the GT where you can set a speed limit and the car automatically slows down if it detects a car ahead of it and then resumes the speed back when the road is free. You also have Lane Departure warning where the steering wheel vibrates in case you change lanes, however, unlike some of the other cars, you don’t get nudged back into your lane. Also present is Lane Change Warning or Blind Spot warning where a a light flashes in your side-view mirror if you are changing your lane with another car in your blind spot.

The Dashboard is a work of art to say the least where the speedometer and RPM gauge are a combination of analog and digital. Words wont necessarily do justice so we did a shot video showcasing the inside of the GT. Apologies for the shaky footage as this was done using an iPhone 4.

As you saw in the video above, the BMW 535 Gran Turismo has a beautiful interface that works quite well. As discussed in the video the center LCD screen and the iDrive system lets you navigate the different options. The maps on the GT feature 3D models for actual buildings which isn’t something we’ve seen before in any car which not only looks cool but will help identifying buildings when navigating areas you’re not familiar with.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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