Devices that check whether you're too drunk to drive are nothing new, but now a group of German researchers want to take that type of driver assessment a step further. Their smart steering wheel constantly checks the driver's vital signs, looking for any indicators of a pending medical emergency.
After nearly a century of working to make their cars ever more refined, it looks like BMW has finally gone too far. That's because the new 2012 M5 has a feature that actually plays recorded engine sounds through the car's stereo system, as a "discreet soundtrack in keeping with the harmonious and assured characteristics of the V8 powerplant."
BWM is has a fine reputation in the world of four-wheels, but the company is looking to reinvent itself by deploying a new take on the motorcycle, and it's not just green energy friendly, it's actually kinda sexy.
Conclusively proving that technology is indeed cyclical, BMW has successfully integrated a small steam turbine into a prototype 5 series that converts waste engine heat into electricity, resulting in a solid 10% increase in miles per gallon.
Obviously, lasers are the future of every single technology ever, from computers to sea jellies. BMW is now attempting to put lasers into car headlights, creating what could be (but isn't yet) the world's first combination road lighting system and pedestrian deterrence weapon.
We're big fans of electric cars, being vehicles that run on clean energy and all, but we're also incredibly sensitive to design. When we first caught wind that BMW was getting into the electric car business, we hopped around ecstatically like little schoolgirls. But those were concept renders. BMW took the wraps off its new BMW i series vehicles and both of them look futuristically gorgeous — or at least as true to a BMW as a car from the future can look.
Most folks love their German luxury cars fast, powerful, sleek and outfitted with only the finest Italian leather seats inside of their cars. This person loves cow skin so much, he decided to pimp the inside and outside of his BMW entirely with it.
One of the most common traffic accidents, is when people make a left turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle. BMW wants to make these accidents less likely using a system called Left Turn Assistant, which scans the road ahead for oncoming vehicles, and can even step on the brakes before you run into the other guy.
BMW asked a group of automotive design students in Barcelona to imagine some concepts for 'Suits That Transport,' or wearable alternatives to cars. This is the kind of thing they managed to come with.
You have to love BMW's design group. The company already has the goods when it comes to crafting cars, but its DesignworksUSA never ceases to amaze when it tackles other projects, too. Just take a look at the Inspiro, a train for Poland that's modern in more than just its looks.