BMW gifts itself a futuristic new driving concept for 100th birthday
The lucky(?) few of us who get to see the age of 100 can most likely just look forward to a card from the Queen.
To celebrate its centenary, BMW revealed their new concept car called the BMW Vision Next 100.
The car will focus on the ubiquitous autonomous technology, and BMW says that the BMW Vision Next 100′s aim is to be a self-driving car that still retains a personal connection between the driver and car.
The BMW Vision Next 100’s futuristic self-driving concept car will intend to explore the company’s predictions for how the automobile industry will evolve as autonomous vehicles increasingly take over the roads. The concept car is a highly customized one that is able to adapt to the driver’s changing needs, BMW said in a statement. The interactions between driver and car are managed by BMW’s ‘Alive Geometry’, which offers a choice of driver-controlled or vehicle-controlled operations. The car’s interior will also change according to the mode of travel. In self-driving mode, the steering wheel and centre console retract and the seats and door trim merge to form a single unit so that the driver and their passenger can turn to face each other.
The Vision Next 100 envisions a future world where the majority of cars will be completely autonomous, BMW said. “Future mobility will connect every area of people’s lives and that’s where we see new opportunities for premium mobility,” BMW CEO Harald Krueger said in the statement. However, BMW were quick to add that their cars will remain focused on the driver and the driving experience because the company expects that owners of its vehicles will still want to sit behind the wheel in their own car. The intention with this concept is that drivers will be able to let their cars do the work but only when the driver says so. “We are moving from The Ultimate Driving Machine to the Ultimate Driver, where technology is making any driver a better driver,” design chief Adrian van Hooydonk said at the 100th birthday event.
A future where you can sit back and let your car do the work if you’ve had a particularly exhausting day is a future we wouldn’t mind being a part of. The concept car will be unveiled around the world as BMW takes it on their centennial tour.