BMW Leads Top Technology Cars List
Telematics Research Group released their scores on the most high-tech cars; four BMW models made the cut.BMW integrates the most technology into its cars. So says the Telematics Research Group , a Minneapolis technology consultancy. The TRG scored individual models in 30 areas including telematics, phone, head unit and navigation, audio, radio, video, and driver assist. BMW placed four individual models in the top 13, the odd amount because theres a six-wasy tie for 8th through 13th place, while runner-up Mercedes-Benz had three. The TRG Technology Index was more quantitative (did the car have a lot of the 30 features?) rather than qualitative (were they any good?). BMW aced the telematics and phone section (7 for 7) with each of its four sedan/coupe lines and racked up points on the driver assist section with most models offering adaptive cruise control, sonar parking assist (but not video), head-up displays, and night vision.
BMW would have picked up another point had the index included cockpit control knobs (iDrive), but the feature wasnt on the list, and besides not every buyer believes controllers are a technology improvement. BMW lost opportunities to roll up the score by not having touchscreen displays, camera parking assist, and only one of the two satellite radio formats.