German automotive giant BMW unveiled the new BMW Theater Screen in-car entertainment system at CES 2022, which includes a 31-inch 8K screen. It turns the back sofa into a personal cinema.
This system was shown at the show, installed in an electric version of the BMW 7 Series premium sedan. The screen is built into the ceiling of the car and is lowered at the touch of a button. When the screen is lowered from the ceiling, the sun shades for the side and rear windows are closed and the ambient lighting in the rear of the vehicle is dimmed.
The screen resolution is 8000 x 2000 pixels, and the aspect ratios of 16: 9, 21: 9 and 32: 9 are supported. The system is powered by the Fire OS operating system, which provides access to most modern video streaming services and other Fire TV applications, and also supports 5G connectivity.
The 31-inch panel is touch-sensitive, with additional small touch-sensitive control panels built into the rear doors of the car. The BMW Theater Screen entertainment system offers surround sound with 30 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. BMW describes sound as 4D, as it also uses speakers built into the rear seats to provide sonic vibrations.
The company has yet to provide any information on the release date or cost of the entertainment system, with BMW officials saying the system will go into series production very soon.