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With the proliferation of technology across all vehicle segments, luxury automakers have to work harder to differentiate their cars. After all, when Buick and BMW both have Apple CarPlay, there isn’t much brand discrepancy via the dashboard display.

The 7 Series is BMW’s flagship and therefore the German luxury car company’s technology standard-bearer. Previous generations debuted the first in-dash navigation system, active safety features and center-console infotainment controller, iDrive, which other automakers later adopted.

BMW boasts that the all-new 2016 7 Series features 24 new innovations, and that half of those are segment exclusives. I got a chance to test drive the new 7 Series at a press event earlier this week and came away impressed with these six new tech features.

Gesture Control

Not only is the new 7 Series the first BMW with a touchscreen, but to activate certain features it doesn’t even need to be touched. The 7 Series has gesture control thanks to an infrared camera positioned in the headliner that detects the position of a hand in a small sweet spot above the shifter. Twirling a finger clockwise increases the volume of the stereo and twirling it counter-clockwise decreases it. Answering a call on a connected Bluetooth phone can be performed by simply pointing at the screen or the call can be ignored by swiping a finger. Two gestures can also be programmed to control a pair of favorite features.

Gesture control in the 2016 BMW 7 Series. Photo by BMW.

3D View Camera

The most innovative gesture control and one of the new 7 Series’ coolest tech marvels is the ability to control the car’s 3D View Camera. Surround-view camera systems are not new; Infiniti has had the feature for years and it’s starting to trickle down to lower-priced vehicles. But the BMW 7 Series literally adds a new twist in that the driver can use gesture control to spin the image 360 degrees to see every nook and cranny around the car. In addition to stitching together images from various cameras, the system also produces an animated, real-time rendering of the car’s surroundings.

3D View Camera in the 2016 BMW 7 Series. Photo by BMW.

Touch Command Tablet

The 7 Series even comes with a bespoke tablet. Buyers who add the Luxury Rear Seating Package option and prefer to be driven while reclining in the business-class-style backseat can use the 7-inch Touch Command Tablet to control the audio system, multiple shades and the panoramic sunroof, mood lighting, Internet connectivity and even access an onboard exercise program.

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Vitality Program

That’s right, if you’re a busy executive and didn’t have time to get in a workout, the 7 Series can be your personal gym on wheels. The Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package option includes a Vitality Program that guides a passenger through a series of isometric exercises presented on the 10-inch rear-seat entertainment system screens and performed by pressing parts of the body into the seat back and cushions.

Vitality Program in the 2016 BMW 7 Series. Photo by BMW.

Display Key

The key fob for the 7 Series contains an LCD touchscreen that can provide information on whether the windows and sunroof are opened or closed, the doors are locked or unlocked, fuel status and service reminders. It’s similar to the key fob for the BMW i8 hybrid super car (and similarly oversized), but the big difference is that the 7 Series key can be used to activate the Remote Control Parking feature – but not in the U.S. where it’s illegal.

The 2016 BMW 7 Series' Display Key. Photo by BMW.

NFC Phone Pairing

The BMW 7 Series is the first production car to get near-field communication (NFC), the technology used for Apple Pay and other such services, for quick pairing of a Bluetooth phone. This means no more cumbersome pairing process, with a password to enter and confirm. Just tap an NFC-enabled phone on a spot on the dashboard and the device is connected to the car in seconds.

The 2016 BMW 7 Series has other innovations such as a Panorama Sky Lounge LED Roof that creates a starlight pattern even on a cloudy night, an Active Kidney Grille for better engine cooling and vehicle aerodynamics and an LED Light Carpet that provides an illuminated pathway on the pavement to enter the car when it’s dark out. These and other new accoutrements should keep the 7 Series ahead of the competition, and continue to push the envelope on technology innovation that’s been the model’s tradition.

Originally published by Forbes.com