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  • BMW has unveiled several high-tech gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show
  • Headlining the automaker's unveilings is a futuristic self-parking system
  • Other new features include a tablet and an interior camera to monitor gestures

Pretty soon, BMWs might be parking themselves. Or at least the automaker thinks so. It recently revealed a self-parking system, which is still in pre-production stages, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Although several new cars offer self-parking technology, including hands-free parallel parking, BMW's new system takes things a step further. Its latest car will drive itself through a parking lot or garage until it finds a space. Then it will park without requiring a driver to use hands on the steering wheel or feet on the pedals. Essentially, the car acts as a personal valet driver.

While the self-parking technology was impressive, it wasn't BMW's only debut at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. It also showed off a headliner-mounted camera that can interpret gestures and apply them to the car's center screen. For instance, if a call comes in while you're driving, you can answer it by swiping your finger. To increase or decrease radio volume, just make a circle with your fingers in the air.

Another new piece of technology that was shown off at CES by BMW is a Samsung tablet that boasts full connectivity to a car's infotainment system. This technology would allow passengers, such as chauffeur-driven rear-seat riders, the ability to access the stereo, climate and other functions without asking the driver or reaching toward the center console.

While BMW has not yet announced when any of its Consumer Electronics Show gadgets will reach production, we suspect it won't be too long a wait, even for the impressive self-parking system.

What it means to you: Expect your next car, especially if it's a BMW, to have a lot more high-tech features.

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BMW Shows Off Self-Parking Technology at Consumer Electronics Show - Autotrader