Revealed - BMWs Vision Next 100 Concept Will Learn to Drive Just Like You

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016
BMW rolled out a new concept today to celebrate its centenary and also to hint at the future of the German automaker.

BMW’s vision for the next 100 years is a sporting saloon. Not an SUV, not a hypercar, not a nuclear-powered flying car. Sports saloons are, says Adrian von Hooydonk, ‘the core’ of BMW.

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

But the BMW Vision Next 100, to give the car its full name, is also autonomous, shape-shifting and powered by something they won’t name.

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

So it's no surprise that BMW is pushing its latest creation as the incarnation of the future of mobility itself. This week in Munich it unveiled the BMW Vision Next 100 Concept, a gull-wing-door coupe gilded in gold paint and triangle crosshatching. It is flanked by wide, saucer-covered wheels and boasts a "windshield" that is actually an augmented reality display.

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

BMW vision next concept revealed at world premiere 2016

If even that is all too difficult, or you have other things to do, switch to ‘ease mode’. The steering quadrant folds away and the chairs swivel around so you can kick back and get on with life.


BMW has also thought of some interesting solutions to problems autonomous driving will create that we'd never considered. For instance, when the car is in control, how will pedestrians know when it's safe to cross in front of it at a stop? The nod or hand gesture one human gives to the other in this situation will be replaced by actions from what BMW calls the Companion. This all-knowing (HAL 9000?) orb will constantly mine the driver for information but also act in its stead when the car is in control. So a green glow tells those in a crosswalk that it sees them and it's safe to cross.


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