Okay, so it’s not for track use, but it’s still pretty cool

Can you imagine sitting in your BMW M8 with an uncovered cup of coffee as you wait in line to enter your favorite track? It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right? As soon as you hit that first curve at speed, there will be coffee everywhere, your interior will be ruined, electronics shot, and you’ll be pissed. That’s not a very fun day at the track, but if BMW has its way, you could –theoretically—cruise around the Nurburgring and have that coffee without a worry in the world. How does that work?

Enter BMW’s Gyroscopic Cup Holder

BMW's New Cup Holder Will Let You Take Your Coffee to the Track
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I know you’re aware of heated and cooled cupholders, but what about one that automatically adjusts to G-forces and body roll to keep anything placed inside perfectly upright? Well, BMW actually has this technology, and it was showcased inside the BMW Vision M Next Concept. In an interview with CarsGuide BMW basically explained that the technology operates similar to a phone or camera gyro stabilizer – you know, those devices that you clip your phone into and no matter how you move, the phone stays in the exact same place, no shaking, no tilting?

Designer of the BMW Vision M Next, Casas Pena, offered up a simpler explanation:

“Basically, you put your cup in there, and if it feels the car turning, the cupholder pushes it the other way, so the drink doesn’t spill and mess up your beautiful interior.”

Obviously, this isn’t a technology that would really come into play on the track. If you think you can drink your cup of coffee and fly around the Nurburgring, I’m going to go ahead and call you crazy. But, it could have real-world usage as, sometimes, spillage does occur while you’re driving. I don’t know how you feel about it, but trying to soak up something from the bottom of a cup holder isn’t exactly fun for me. Then again, it’s not very often I bring an uncapped tasty beverage into my car anyway, so it would honestly be a pretty useless piece of technology for me. Maybe some of you could make use of it, though.

Source: Cars Guide

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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