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BMW Vision Next 100

BMW Vision Next 100

BMW Vision Next 100

BMW is on a world tour this year with a selection of concept cars that present its vision for the next 100 years of automotive development. Catering to our wildest adolescent fantasies, these cars are aggressively, almost absurdly futuristic, with this week’s debutant Rolls-Royce and Mini models exhibiting a preference for pizzazz over practicality. BMW’s own-brand Vision Next 100 vehicle is no less extreme, eschewing traditional things like a dashboard and rear-view mirrors in favor of high-tech alternatives.

I was already a fan of the futurism embodied by BMW’s Vision concept when it was made official back in March, but seeing it in all its aerodynamic glory in London this week, I’m upgrading my excitement by a couple of notches. The car simply looks stunning, like a more practical, more gadgety version of today’s supercars. It has a thoroughly streamlined shape that nevertheless still accommodates four people and even has room to include the design flourish of fin-like taillights (which I love). It’s very much the sort of thing I used to sketch during boring math classes in high school, and it’s that connection with the fantastic that makes BMW’s concepts so compelling today.

BMW Vision Next 100

The purpose of the BMW Vision Next 100 cars is to create concepts that people can engage with, and the company firmly believes that the emotional driving experience must be informed by emotional design. That’s why the headlights look like a falcon’s talons and why the golden honey paintjob splinters out into small polygons as it morphs imperceptibly from the metal exterior to the darkened windows.

I didn’t get to see inside this particular BMW, but the company has helpfully provided video materials showing off what the ride would be like. Comprising both a Boost mode for the best of BMW’s storied driving tradition and an Ease mode for a relaxing, autonomous ride, this vision of the future aims to be both thrilling and convenient.

BMW Vision Next 100

BMW says that in the years ahead, the driver’s well-being will become increasingly important, and rather than merely feeling they are in a machine that drives itself, they should sense that they are sitting in one that was specifically designed for them.

A very important element of the Vision Vehicle is another innovation known as Alive Geometry, the likes of which have never before been seen in a car. It consists of a kind of three-dimensional sculpture that works both inside and outside the vehicle.

CONNECTED INTELLIGENCE.

The sensory and digital intelligence, permanent service availability and connectivity of the BMW VISION NEXT 100 come together in (the) Companion, which allows the vehicle  to get to know its driver better and provide intuitive and subtle assistance in every driving situation. In this way, more than ever before, (the) Companion intuitively makes every trip a personalised and emotionally-rewarding experience for the driver.

BMW Vision Next 100

INTELLIGENT AUTOPILOT.

In fully-autonomous Ease Mode, (the) Companion takes over all driving duties. It ensures passengers are brought safely to their destination and provides them with important updates about their route, road conditions and the car’s performance along the way.

CLEARLY PSYCHIC.

The Companion alerts you to potential dangers before you can even see them by communicating with other vehicles and traffic systems.

BMW Vision Next 100

CONSCIOUS AND PRECONSCIOUS COMMUNICATION.

The Companion supports drivers with information in two ways. Firstly, in a conscious way via the Head-Up Display that covers the vehicle’s entire front windscreen. And secondly, preconsciously via Alive Geometry: a mosaic of sensor-activated triangles that extends across the top of the car’s dashboard. The information that this provides intuitively helps the driver react more quickly to upcoming driving situations.
BMW Vision Next 100

DYNAMIC WHEEL ARCHES.

The BMW VISION NEXT 100 sports dynamic wheel arches that help intelligently reduce drag and lower energy consumption. Fully closed during straight-line driving, the wheel arches remain flush to the car’s streamlined body for optimal aerodynamics. But whenever the car turns –they move in or out of the vehicle body in perfect synch with the wheels.
BMW Vision Next 100
The BMW, Rolls-Royce, and Mini Vision Next 100 concept cars will be on show at London’s Roundhouse from this Saturday through to the end of next week.

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