While the press release below doesn’t mention it, US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx declared yesterday that BMW’s self parking technology is in compliance of US law. That clarification has paved the way for the brand to offer the highly anticipated option in its largest market. Great news or those who are considering ordering a 7 Series. For those who already have the new 2016 7 Series however you’re out of luck. BMW didn’t include the necessary hardware for the option and thus the feature can’t be retrofitted with software alone.

Nevertheless this shines a light on the often confusing nature autonomous feature compliance in the (often) litigious US. Given the announcements from the US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx earlier this week, we may begin to see an effort for a more open environment when it comes to approving this type of tech leading to more autonomous features.

Now back to your regularly scheduled press release.


BMW 7 Series model range: launch for the BMW 740Li xDrive, Remote Control Parking and additional equipment options for all models.

Official Release: The spectrum of models available for the new BMW 7 Series will broaden once again in spring 2016. The premiere of the BMW 740Li xDrive increases to seven the number of all-wheel-drive variants of the luxury sedan. The BMW 740Li xDrive is powered by a latest-generation six-cylinder in-line petrol engine developing 240 kW/326 hp. Thanks to the optimised levels of traction, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is possible in 5.2 seconds. The average fuel consumption of the BMW 740Li xDrive is 7.5 –7.3 litres per 100 kilometres (37.7 – 38.7 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions come in between 174 and 169 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

Remote Control Parking will be available for all new BMW 7 Series models from March 2016. This globally unique option allows the new BMW 7 Series to manoeuvre in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. The driver initiates the car’s semi-automated progress forwards into or in reverse out of a space from outside the car using the BMW Display Key.

Additional equipment options will be available from March 2016 which allow individualisation of the luxury sedan to reflect the customer’s personal style. The range of exterior colours will expand to include the BMW Individual special paint finishes Brilliant White metallic, Frozen Dark Brown metallic, Pure metal Silver, Frozen Arctic Grey metallic, Aventurinred metallic, and the BMW Individual paint finishes Ruby Black metallic, Moonstone metallic, Azurite Black metallic and Almandine Brown metallic. Also now available are BMW Individual fine-grain Merino full leather trim in six colour combinations, BMW Individual interior trim strips in Piano Finish Black and BMW Individual fine wood trim in two exclusive variants.