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When the BMW i8 debuted in August, it heralded the arrival of a technological supercar. From the shark-nose front end to the swanky interior to the combination of energy-efficient engines that create Zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds excitement, the BMW i8 is as powerful as it is fascinating to look at. It’s loaded with high tech to match, but at Chapman BMW, that high tech also is available across the BMW model line as well.


Head Up Display

Take the i8’s full-color Head Up Display (HUD). This nifty feature includes essential driving information such as current speed, navigation and collision warnings projected on to the windshield within the direct line of sight. This impressive feature allows the driver to keep their eyes on the road while monitoring important vehicle information. Want this cool tech feature? You’ll find it as part of the Technology Package, available on all BMW vehicles. The Driver Assistance and Driver Assistance Plus packages add more available information to the HUD system.

BMW cameras

Surround View Camera System

BMW vehicles have long-used cameras to help drivers safely back up. The i8 uses the innovative Surround View Camera System, which allows the driver to have a 360-degree view of their surroundings and video images of approaching traffic. This system uses cameras built in to the front, rear and sides of the i8 and streams the video and images on to the infotainment display. While standard on the i8, the Surround View Camera System is available as part of the Driver Assistance Plus Package.

BMW Infrared tech

BMW Night Vision

One of the most impressive tech standards on the i8 is Night Vision. While you probably won’t see a deer crossing the road in your BMW i8 in Phoenix, this system uses state-of-the-art infrared technology combined with black and white imaging to see things before they are visible to the naked eye. Using a thermal imaging camera mounted in the lower air dam, Night Vision recognizes people, animals and objects based upon the heat they emit. The warmer the object, the brighter it illuminates on the iDrive display monitor. The Pedestrian Detection feature recognizes and indicates individual pedestrians on or near the roadway at a range of up to 330 feet. The system only works during night hours, and the temperatures must be cooler than 95-degrees Fahrenheit. BMW Night Vision and Pedestrian Detection is available as a stand-alone option on the 5-Series, 6-Series, X5 and X6 models, as well as the M5 and M6 models.

BMW LED lights

Adaptive LED Headlights

In addition to being extremely energy-efficient, the BMW i8’s Adaptive LED Headlights turn as the steering wheel is turned, providing optimal road illumination in every condition. The technology also makes traffic signs and other objects on the road easier to see, as well as reduces eye strain while driving at night. The Selective Beam feature automatically controls the high beams to avoid blinding other drivers. This technology is a featured option in the Lighting Package, available on the 5- and 6-Series vehicles, as well as part of the Executive Package on the M5 and M6 vehicles.

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