7 new features in BMW 5 series that you need to know

I had the opportunity to step into the BMW 520d touring. I know, you would say “what are you doing in a station wagon”, Yes I am saying that too. But I had the car packed with all the features worth bragging about. So where do I start?

1. Instrument panel

The redesigned instrument panel look more slick and expensive. The speedometer is completely digital, so it is packed with features, and customisable as well on what you want to display, whether you want to have everything, or more simplistic.

 

2. Console with gesture control

The Console is a touch panel, and also supports gesture control. For example you point your finger towards the console and rotate it to the left to turn down the volume, and rotate the the right to turn the volume up. Pointing with 2 fingers toward the console will play next (next radio station or next song), it is a pity you can’t go previous. You can also swipe to the left to cancel an action (this one is a bit clunky).

3. Dynamic cruise control with lane keeping assistant

This is probably the feature I like the most. At the flick of a button on the steering wheel, the one that have a picture of a steering wheel will activate the lane keeping assistant, basically you can take off your hand and the car will take over turning left or right as long as there is a guiding lines on the road. This combine with the active cruise control, make you want to take your eyes off the road. You can practically takes your hands off the steering wheel, the car will steer itself, and with active cruise control you can take your legs off the gas and brake as well. So it is almost an auto pilot. But the car will complain if you didn’t touch the steering wheel for a long time. Just make sure you pay attention as this feature can disengage when the car can’t detect any line marking any longer or crossing the intersection. It automatically disengage when you activate the turning indicator as well, so use with care.

4. Remote controlled Parking assistant

The Parking assistant feature is now had added function which allows you to steer the car remotely via a remote control. You need to have this remote to be able to move the car into a tight parking spot. I haven’t play around with this feature much, as it is quite daunting to move the car using the touch screen while holding one button on the right of the remote. Response is also a bit lag, so no James Bond style remote driving yet. I am also not sure what happen if it detect object or you park slightly slanting whether the car self corrected or not. I will have to play more with this feature when I had the chance.

5.Wireless charging

Finally, wireless charging is included, and you can not only charge your phone, but also the remote control. However I find that the wireless charging resulting very hot phone, and I have an iPhone. This will need to be addressed in future release. It almost burn the RFID card that I attached to the back of the phone (not good).

6. Apple Car play

This is the first time I use the Apple Car play feature, it is good and bad at the same time. Good means that it allows you to use the phone apps (limited number of them), calling become a pain as you need to now fiddle around the Apple Car play or touching the console screen.But this can be turned off so that you refer back to the usual way of calling using the button on the steering wheel, but you also lost the car play. The good things with the car play, you can get it to read your messages and reply to it by talking, listening to podcast, and switching form one app to the others, like Spotify and Music.

7. Remote 3D view

Given that the car have 5 cameras, it is able to capture it surrounding when parked. You have to activate this via the Connected drive app, the default view is the BMW Welt in Munich, and once you capture the image, it will get stitch together to form a 3D image of the surrounding. The second photos shows how it looks.

You can rotate the car to see the surrounding view, presumably if you know there is someone trying to steal your car you can take a photos of them too, assuming your car can alert you and give you a chance to snap their photos.

Despite all the goodness that comes with the car, there is always room for improvement.  Some of them are:

  • The programmable buttons looks cheap and not very responsive, there are times that I press the button and it doesn’t register
  • the 3D image capture is quite slow, and sometimes it might fail taking snapshot
  • The remote control is lag to be able to drive a car like a toy (probably intended)
  • Wireless charger gets the phone really hot even for a 30 minutes drive

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Practice jump

We are in some sort of program where we learn how to base jump. Everyone had to try with a back pack on their back and jump and landed on the pillow. I’m the last one to jump.

Then we are invited to a birthday party. Strange that we don’t know whose birthday it was. I arrived quite early and start to mingle around. Grab something to eat outside.

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Pie chart

I met couple of my uni mates, LG, Corey and Wern. We are in some sort of Chinese class which are taught outdoor. Sitting with a bunch of small kids.

During the break, I asked Corey whether he still works for the company in Malaysia, he said yes, and he had to do this Summation pie chart. And I volunteered to explain the the pie chart to him. I draw a round circle and then we got interrupted. Continue reading

Wrong building

I was working in the new building and it seems to be at level 4. I was walking up and down, as usual and at one stage notice a few of the meeting pods and it seems very nice.

Then I was on my way down, I walk pass a few unfamiliar faces, perhaps new hires that came for interview, I thought. So I keep going down. It seems like I had pass level 4 without realizing it. I was in the lobby, so oh well, I just have to take the lift up again.

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Bogus domain registration

I was helping a friend to register a domain. By registering a company first. The company is registered by calling a number in the Pokémon card. The first time we call, we end up taking with someone that is buying a company. Then we find out that there is a password that we had to tell the operator, so we had to try it again.

The second time around we manage to get through, the operator told us to wait, then she seems to be calling someone else to perform the action. All of this is done from the lead we get from a small kid riding with a bike who assist people setting up a company for $10 along with the domain name. I get to know the Pokémon card from an article I search which shows the photo of the kids and an half burnt Pokémon card, which someone had done a forensic on.

Rice noodle

James bought us some rice noodles to share with Hui. It was so yummy. We had to heat it up with the match stick, and then let it run through the conveyor belt and at the end of the conveyor belt we can taste it. It taste so good that we want some more.

James actually bought 2 serving, one of the serving get stuck under the conveyor belt. So I took it out and Hui start eating them eagerly.

Old home

I’m going for a hunt to an old home. It is located at a small town, by the address is all out of wack. You can never spotted the home by the address, because the alley is named differently and the home is in top of another home which looks like a big temple almost.

I look around the home, it consist of a few rooms like a normal family home. Then I decided to walk down and try to get down town. Walking down to the streets is a challenge. It is down the small alleys surrounded by trees and shrubs. I can believe I don’t remember this place. It is some where tropical. Looks like remote place in Indo.

Once I get to the main road, I don’t recognize any of the place or destination yelled by the bus. The bus itself is so run down that it doesn’t have any wheels, just four pillars with a roof. The passengers runs around holding to the pillars, as if they are in the bus, odd or looks like the Flintstones, only no wheels.

So I decided to go back up and once again failed to remember that place. It is near a peculiar building in the mid alley.