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

Def­i­nite­ly, BMW had well pre­pared its CES. The Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­er had already made a name for itself with its iX Flow elec­tric SUV, capa­ble of chang­ing col­ors, it is back with a sec­ond announce­ment: a Home Cin­e­ma sys­tem to be inte­grat­ed into its vehi­cles. Dubbed the The­ater Screen, the tech­nol­o­gy trans­forms the back­seat of a car into a small, upscale screen­ing room.

For­get the lit­tle LCD screens that sit on the head­rest and serve no oth­er pur­pose than to dis­tract chil­dren on the vaca­tion com­mute. The screen offered by BMW is aimed more at par­ents and espe­cial­ly those who can afford it. And for good rea­son, with a diag­o­nal of 31 inch­es in 8K in 32: 9 for­mat, 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 view­ing con­di­tions, they were also stud­ied. To avoid unwant­ed reflec­tions, a func­tion allows the sun visors on the side win­dows to be low­ered auto­mat­i­cal­ly, 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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