BMW is celebrating its 100 year anniversary not by looking at where it came from or what it has accomplished, instead they are looking ahead towards the next 100 years. BMW has revealed the Vision Next 100 concept and it is a car that revolves around the idea of fully autonomous driving.
The highly conceptual and imaginative vehicle is a four-door coupe design built around three design concepts: Alive Geometry, Boost and Ease driving modes, and a Digital Companion.
The Alive Geometry of the BMW VISION NEXT 100 performs two main functions. On the one hand, it serves as an analogue display system on the dashboard, alerting the driver to incidents and objects ahead. From the exterior, the Alive Geometry is visible in the form of movable wheelhouse covers for optimal aerodynamics.
Boost and Ease
In Boost Mode, the driver becomes one with the vehicle and will be able to experience even more intense driving pleasure in the future. In fully-automated Ease Mode, on the other hand, the Companion takes over all driving tasks and the interior is transformed into an individual comfort zone.
The digital intelligence of the BMW VISION NEXT 100 is concentrated in the Companion, which provides the driver with subtle, intuitive assistance in every situation. Perfect connectivity between the user and the driving environment enables the BMW Companion to always provide the right recommendations to meet personal mobility preferences, both during driving and outside the vehicle.
The design of the BMW Vision Next 100 retains some of the classic BMW giveaways such as the kidney grills and also includes new elements seen in the, currently futuristic looking, BMW i8. The doors are seen opening in a wild fashion suggesting they are using extremely lightweight materials, or that conceptual vehicles can afford foregoing reality and limits of real-world engineering.
BMW’s prediction of fully-autonomous driving is no longer a far-fetched idea, as companies like Google have petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) to forego archaic driving requirements, so that it can qualify the Software Driving System as a driver (i.e. Robots can drive.) This would mean the ergonomics behind the car’s interior design will drastically change as we may no longer need the controls we find in today’s cars. I imagine people from the future would be completely baffled at all the troubles we have to go through while driving. “Three pedals, but I only have two feet!”
BMW seems to be correctly predicting the future of automotive design. Checkout the video below for more: