Alongside the introduction of Digital Art Mode, Color-Changing Paint, and the iX M60 at CES 2022, BMW has now given us a glimpse of a massive 31-inch 8K screen, a new in-car technology. It’s unclear when this huge 31-inch, 32:9 display will be available publicly. Still, the company claims it can be integrated into the roof of luxury vehicles and drop to turn the back seats into a “private cinema lounge.”
The screen has an 8K resolution of around 8000 x 2000 pixels and supports 16:9, 21:9, and 32:9 aspect ratios. Moreover, it has an Amazon Fire TV device that uses most modern video streaming services and other TV apps to stream through the car’s own 5G connection, just like other Fire OS soundbars, sticks, and televisions. It’s a touchscreen display, and it seems quite spectacular.
The screen’s ‘theatre mode’ includes surround sound, provided by a Bowers & Wilkins system with over 30 speakers. In addition, the sound is “4D” since it incorporates speakers embedded into the back seats, allowing users to experience the sonic vibrations fully. According to BMW, “when the screen descends from the ceiling, the roller sunblinds for the side windows and the rear window are closed, and the ambient lighting in the rear of the vehicle is dimmed.”
Detailed release info has yet to be out; however, during BMW’s CES presentation, the features “look quite similar to what will be delivered very soon in series production,” according to the company’s presenter.