BMW celebrates 100 years of existence today and to mark the occasion they revealed the autonomous Vision Next 100 concept.
The self-driving concept is riddled with futuristic features lead by the new Alive Geometry approach; the driver can choose between Boost and Ease modes, offering either manual control or full autonomous driving, transforming the vehicle according to the selected mode.
When in Boost, the car is focused on the driver, supporting his driving experience by indicating the ideal driving line, steering point and speed among other. Switch to Ease mode and the interior transforms: the steering wheel and center console retracts, the headrests turn to the side and the seats and door trim merge to form a single unit.
“If, as a designer, you are able to imagine something, there’s a good chance it could one day become reality,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. “So our objective with the BMW VISION NEXT 100 was to develop a future scenario that people would engage with.”
No info was released on what type of powertrain is being used by the Vision Next 100. The concept was created purely to showcase BMW’s vision of the future mobility which still includes the driver.
The whole structure of the concept is made out of a combination of carbon and plastic with no traditional wheels as the bodywork stretches over the wheel arches to change direction. The most realistic feature is of course the use of carbon plastics instead of the traditional steel in the structure of our future cars.
Inside the minimalistic cabin you will find no screens as all of the needed info is projected on the windscreen directly.
BMW will take the Vision Next 100 on a symbolic world tour stopping in China, UK and the USA. When the concept arrives in London, the BMW Group will unveil two further Vision concepts from Mini and Rolls Royce while at the LA, BMW will also unveil a Vision motorcycle concept.