BMW's New 5 Series Is The First Car With Wireless Apple CarPlay

Early next year, BMW will release the seventh generation of its 5 Series sedan — and it's packed with tech. As well as having the most advanced automated driving features of any BMW yet, the lowest drag coefficient in its class, and being 100kg lighter than its predecessor, the 5 Series has a world first; it's the first car that will let you use Apple CarPlay completely wirelessly.

It's no secret that we love CarPlay here at Giz; it's a very good system for getting your tunes, directions and notifications happening inside your car and at your fingertips without having to touch your phone and potentially cause an accident while you're driving. What's special about the 2017 5 Series is that it's the first car to hit roads to use Bluetooth for CarPlay, saving you from the trouble of plugging your phone in to get your music and Apple Maps happening.

While sure, it's a good idea to plug your phone in to give it a good charge while you're driving, it can feel a little pointless especially if it's just for a short trip down to the shops. Wireless CarPlay is a great idea, and the 5 Series will also have inductive phone charging (for phones that support it, of course) and an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot that'll connect up to 10 gadgets at once.

Beyond that, the 5 Series just looks like a massive tech powerhouse for drivers too. It'll park itself at the touch of the driver's key, and out on the freeway or in the middle of a traffic jam it'll take care of itself with active cruise control that uses camera, radar and ultrasonics to monitor the area around the vehicle. It'll work all the way from the car's 210km/h top speed down to zero, taking responsibility for acceleration and braking and steering.

A bunch of different 5 Series variants will launch from February next year onwards — there's two petrol cars in the 530i and 540i (a 2-litre inline four and a 3-litre inline six respectively), two diesels in the 520d and 530d (a 2-litre four-cylinder and a 3-litre six) and the BMW 530e iPerformance, a plug-in hybrid that combines an electric motor and four-cylinder petrol engine. At the top of the performance roost, though, is the M550i xDrive with a 4.4-litre V8 that'll push it to 100km/h in four seconds flat.

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    Am I the only person that doesn't understand why a carmaker would cut out 90% of a market by targeting a product that is only relevant for 10% of a population?
    or does apple car play work outside of an appleverse (I assume not as it would very much be against the apple way)

    I don't understand wireless andoird auto/icar/mirror link.
    running the gps chews though power like nothing, playing music too... your better off pluging in then you wont arrive with 20% power remaining.

      For me it would be the convenience of wireless android auto/mirror link combined with wireless fast charging (e.g. Samsung S7). Not for everyone (and not for CarPlay) but I'd be keen for that.

      I use my phone for my 45 minute commute to and from work and play spotify, use google maps or watch videos on plex and still have 40-50% battery when I go to bed with my s7 edge. How far are you driving or what type of phone do you have to be using 80% battery in a single trip?

        I've got the S7 Edge, that battery's a beast, you can't compare it to other phones!

        Although I can see the guy's point, Bluetooth 4G spotify uses about 10% per hour yet through headphones it's 1-2%.

        Last edited 09/01/17 7:35 pm

          Not hugely better than my old Iphone 6. I used it the same and rarely got below about 30%. Maybe with the screen running a lot the iPhone was more efficient with the small size. Either way I would hate to buy a new beemer and not have wireless android. The fact you're just using it for its connection and don't have the screen running it would only improve battery life. Being able to leave my phone in my pocket and still have access to all my driving apps is almost enough for me to upgrade my car :-p

          Besides even if you were driving interstate or something you could still just plug it on the charger in car.

          Last edited 09/01/17 7:59 pm

    It's cool and all... I guess. But any car news ATM simply pails in comparison to the Tesla announcement from Thursday.

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