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Sideview camera 'lets the driver view oncoming traffic when trying to enter a road from, say, an alley or garage exit'
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front and rear side airbags, knee airbags, and curtain side airbags
Head-up display 'is easily legible'
Due to its low sales volume, the BMW 7-Series hasn't recently been crash-tested by the agencies that evaluate vehicle safety. However, the build quality and available technologies make this BMW a standout, offering some of the best occupant safety in the world.
Attention Assist is standard across the lineup, and it monitors the driver's behavior and displays a coffee cup if it detects an unsafe level of fatigue. Also available on the 7-Series is Enhanced Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go, which will bring the vehicle to a complete stop if the driver doesn't react to stopped traffic in time.
A Driver Assistance Package remains available, bundling together blind-spot detection, a lane-departure warning system (which vibrates the steering wheel when the car drifts from its lane) and automatic high-beam headlights.
Standard safety equipment in all 7-Series models includes rear-seat side airbags, front-seat active head restraints, and knee airbags. BMW also fits a rearview camera, a front-view 180-degree camera, and parking sensors to assist drivers in keeping the 7-Series clear of parking-lot trouble.
All-wheel-drive models of the 7-Series include standard hill descent control--in this case, not for amazing off-road traction, but for controlling the car on icy, messy roads.
The one potentially safety related item we might go without is the head-up display. Even though it's better done here than in some other vehicles, it does tend to clutter the view of the road ahead.
Despite the lack of crash-test ratings, you can rest assured you'll be getting some of the world's best safety features and protection.