BMW's new tech lets your phone check in on your car

The folks at BMW showed up at CES in a big way this year, and that has a lot to do with all the extra tech the company has been shoving under the hood. Demos during the week long convention included dares from BMW to try and crash their cars while the new 360° crash detection system was in place, as well as future-focused discussions on self-driving systems that will be able to drop you off at the curb of your favorite mall and then go park itself. The future of car tech is a big deal, and you can bet your smartphone is going to be a big part of it.

Check out the demo of BMW's i3 control panel app, which keeps an eye on your remaining battery life and travel schedule to make sure you can get through the day without issue.

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