TECH: BMW unveils an 8K Home Cinema to install in the back of your future car

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Def¬≠i¬≠nite¬≠ly, BMW had well pre¬≠pared its CES. The Ger¬≠man man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠er had already made a name for itself with its iX Flow elec¬≠tric SUV, capa¬≠ble of chang¬≠ing col¬≠ors, it is back with a sec¬≠ond announce¬≠ment: a Home Cin¬≠e¬≠ma sys¬≠tem to be inte¬≠grat¬≠ed into its vehi¬≠cles. Dubbed the The¬≠ater Screen, the tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy trans¬≠forms the back¬≠seat of a car into a small, upscale screen¬≠ing room.

For¬≠get the lit¬≠tle LCD screens that sit on the head¬≠rest and serve no oth¬≠er pur¬≠pose than to dis¬≠tract chil¬≠dren on the vaca¬≠tion com¬≠mute. The screen offered by BMW is aimed more at par¬≠ents and espe¬≠cial¬≠ly those who can afford it. And for good rea¬≠son, with a diag¬≠o¬≠nal of 31 inch¬≠es in 8K in 32: 9 for¬≠mat, the bill should be steep.

Ama­zon Fire TV and 5G
BMW is not the first automak­er to include a dis­play in the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment. A few months ago, anoth­er con­cept, that of VW, ID. Life also offered a solu­tion for view­ing its con­tent in the car.
On the oth­er hand, from a tech­ni­cal point of view, no pro­pos­al equals that of the Munich-based firm. In addi­tion to the stun­ning dis­play fea­tures, BMW has equipped its The­ater Screen with 5G con­nec­tiv­i­ty and an Ama­zon Fire TV don­gle, to expand the stream­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties of its users.
As for view¬≠ing con¬≠di¬≠tions, they were also stud¬≠ied. To avoid unwant¬≠ed reflec¬≠tions, a func¬≠tion allows the sun visors on the side win¬≠dows to be low¬≠ered auto¬≠mat¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly, as well as on the rear.

For now, this is only a con­cept intend­ed to show that some avenues for in-vehi­cle enter­tain­ment have not yet been explored, but it is pos­si­ble that the Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­er will one day offer this option to its cat­a­log.
The biggest obsta­cle to a pos­si­ble com­mer­cial­iza­tion seems admin­is­tra­tive. Indeed, it seems dif­fi­cult to envis­age an approval for such equip­ment inso­far as it con­sid­er­ably mod­i­fies the safe­ty on board. On the oth­er hand, in the con­text of an autonomous car of lev­el 3 or 4, this solu­tion could be agreed.

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