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We take a whack at the BMW 750Li's leading-edge Remote Control Parking function, which lets the driver hop out of the car and park it via BMW's display key.

04 Aug 2016

Here's the low-down on the new BMW 7 Series 750Li. It's got everything you'd want in a car of this league - imposing road presence, exquisite materials and precision craftsmanship, a driver-focused cockpit design, various features that have redefined luxury, comfort and driving pleasure, a twin-turbocharged V8 motor, and then some.

Squeezing out of tight parking spaces is a feat of the past, now that BMW's revolutionised the act with its Remote Control Parking feature
But more importantly, the 750Li's high-tech keyfob now activates BMW's Remote Control Parking feature and is the world's first series-produced car, which manoeuvres in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel.

You've probably already witnessed this scenario first hand, or from 'citizen journalism' rants - cars parked so stupidly and so closely to yours that entry or exit would've required the art of a veteran yoga practitioner, or a carpark lot so tight it puts the inside of a prison lockup to shame, and in other countries, garages that barely fit more than two cars.

BMW's Remote Control Parking feature now lets you park your car in said tight spaces with ease using BMW's high-tech Display Key.

So let's say you've found a nice but precarious 'solo-lot' flanked by two large pillars. Sure, the car can fit but won't leave you much space to open your door considering its size.

Using the Remote Control Parking feature, you can step out of the car before reversing it via your BMW Display Key. Doing so isn't rocket science either. Flip through the Display Key's menu to a page that says 'RC Parking' and let the Display Key and car sync up. You will have to be close to the car, though.

Think of it as playing an iPhone game, just slide back and forth to move the car
Then, an image of your car is displayed on the screen, alongside a forwards and backwards symbol, which moves the car forward or reverse at the touch of your fingertips - much like an iPhone game.

While the car is performing the semi-automated manoeuvre, the driver's job is to watch out for obstacles. In case of oncoming cars or pedestrians, simply release your finger and the car stops.

Almost autonomous-like, the system makes directional adjustments while moving, to ensure the car parked perfectly. Plus, it's clever enough to stop if someone or something gets in the way. For safety's sake, the car also stops in its tracks once your finger is removed from a switch on the side of the Display Key.

When your lunch or movie is done, repeat the procedure to move your car forward, out of the lot and you may then hop in and drive away - no scratches or dents on your precious car.

Usability aside, the 750Li's Remote Control Parking feature is a party trick that drops jaws at an equally jaw-dropping price of $580,800 (as of 26th July 2016). Just don't let your kids have a go at this 'remote control game'.

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