Test Driving NVIDIA Powered BMW’s at GTC 2015
Andy Ruffell / 4 years ago
GTC 2015: Anyone who knows me well will know that I’m a BMW fanboy through and through and though I’ve never been a fan of the i3 in terms of styling, I was pretty intrigued in terms of performance and features, especially when you consider that NVIDIA are at the heart of the electronics inside the car. So at NVIDIA’s GTC 2015 event, I went out for a little spin in the car with a good friend of mine at the wheel.
Inside the car, it’s pretty compact but still sports a lot of room due to their being no need for a transmission of any kind. I wasn’t a massive fan of the lack-luster wood effect dashboard, but I’m sure plenty of people will like the quirky styling.
The doors open in a weird fashion but even in the rear there is plenty of room for full-sized adults.
Viewing from the rear, you can see the space-age style front seats which grip you nice and comfortably as you pass along the road.
Under the boot lining, you can see some of the makeup of the electric car’s internals.
NVIDIA steps in with a nice little instrument cluster sporting a whole host of colours and styles.
From the drivers seat, it’s actually a really nice place to be with everything within close reach.
The steering wheel in typical BMW fashion is comfortable and has plenty of buttons. Behind the wheel, you’lll find the gear shifter taking you from “Drive” to “Neutral” to “Reverse”.
In the centre of the dash, we find a HUGE screen which gives us access to the iDrive system for music, navigation and much more.
When powered on, you can see both screens illuminated.
Very similar to the current iDrive system in the non-electric BMW’s on the market, it’s fluid and easy to navigate thanks to the NVIDIA technology behind it.
You can also see the simple yet effective controls below the screen for heating and audio.
I personally test drove the new BMW X6 3.5 litre beast and while I didn’t get many photos, I managed to snap a few of it driving away after I’d had my turn. It was fully kitted out and drove like an absolute dream.
Sadly I was in awe of its sheer performance and features, so was too wrapped up in driving it that these are the only photos that came out well.
And there she goes!