BMW built the Vision Next 100 for its 100th birthday.
When an automaker is celebrating an anniversary, it usually builds an incredible car to display what it has in store for the future. To celebrate its 100th birthday, BMW built this incredible Vision Next 100 concept that is supposed to portray what cars could look like in the distant future. Surprisingly, the concept is pretty good looking.
While the flashy gold exterior won’t be to everyone’s taste, the fact that BMW chose to create a sporty sedan that’s not entirely autonomous is something that everyone can get behind. The concept has the looks of a four-door coupe and features a combination of carbon fiber and plastic on the outside. The interior of the concept features recycled fabrics, which includes the residue from carbon fiber production. BMW believes that the future will be filled with driver-vehicle interactions that are managed by “Alive Geometry.”
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The technology utilizes roughly 800 moving triangles that are built into the instrument panel and certain parts of the side panels. Using intuitive signals, the system will alert the driver if it notices any precarious situations. The Vision Next 100 also has two driving modes for the driver to choose from—Boost and Ease. When in “Boost” mode, the driver is in charge while the car provides holographic information to aid the driver. The system projects a driving line, like in a video game, to make obstacles on the road translucent so the driver can see past them.
Tired of driving? Choosing the Vision Next 100’s “Ease” mode will give complete driving power to the vehicle. During autonomous driving, the steering wheel folds away, the HUD changes to a windshield-sized infotainment system and the seats change position.
BMW failed to mention what powers the Vision Next 100, which is a shame. Only time will tell if cars really look like this 100 years from now, but this concept could be the car your grandkids drive.