If you're scratching your head wondering if you read the title right... well, wonder no more. BMW Group Malaysia introduced today the BMW Eco Pro screensaver that echoes BMW's Auto Start/Stop function, enabling both Windows and Mac users to contribute towards energy conservation and environment sustainability.
The Auto Start/Stop function automatically switches off the vehicle's engine at a standstill once when the brake pedal is depressed and restarts the engine as the driver presses the accelerator pedal. This innovative feature, created under the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, enables fuel savings of up to 20%. This Eco Pro screensaver uses a webcam and facial detection coding to detect the absense of presence of the user. Should the webcam detect absence of the user after 10 seconds, the screensaver would automatically switch off the computer screen, and revert upon the user's return. BMW claims that the average consumption on an idling laptop can be reduced by 693.99watts, or a 89.87% reduction from a computer's default settings. Over time, they say that Malaysians could potentially save over 12 million kW of energy if everyone were to leave their computers and notebooks idle for 10 minutes and initial projections recorded by BMW estimate that the move could reduce up to 36 tonnes of CO2 emissions, along with a worldwide financial savings of up to RM145 million.
Would it be easier to just set your computers or notebooks to turn off the screen after 10 seconds of idle time? Perhaps. But hey - you've gotta applaud BMW for taking the effort to spread the awareness of energy conservation. You can learn more and download the BMW Eco Pro screensaver from BMW's website here.
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