The BMW VISION NEXT 100 and the Future of Driving

BMW has always reinvented itself over the years considering the future developments. The centenary event marked the unveiling of the BMW VISION NEXT 100 vehicle with “Sheer Driving Pleasure” as its core. Considering drivers wanting to be at the wheel of a BMW, the VISION vehicle is equipped with constant connectivity, digital intelligence to assist the driver. Also, it has other cutting-edge technologies that allow drivers to hand over the control of the car.

The VISION NEXT 100 has the following technologies to enhance your Ultimate Driving Experience.

The Companion

The Companion will be the driver’s personal assistant or co-pilot during driving and beyond and is always ON. The vehicle, environment and driver’s personal networks are connected with the companion.

The Companion communicates through Alive Geometry on the dashboard and Head-Up Display. It records the daily routes and continuously supports the driver by providing the best recommendations. It also lets the driver to access information from calendars, social networks and integrates it with sensory information.

The Head-Up Display uses the entire windshield to provide the driver with the right information at the right time. Navigation, information’s regarding anniversaries; meetings are also shown. It also detects people nearby from your contacts and provides relevant information through the Head-Up Display.

Parking spaces are no longer a problem as it goes autonomously to find one and picks you up later.

The Companion also detects information that is not available to drivers regularly due to blind spots. Potential dangers are recognized and displayed in the windshield by a HUD. One such example is a cyclist hidden by a truck. An image of the cyclist is projected in the shield which makes the truck looks semi-transparent.

Road data is collected real time through connectivity with traffic systems. BMW explains it with a scenario where a rock fall is ahead. The windshield displays a warning and also provides the driver with an ideal speed and driving line to safely avoid it.

Speaking on the BMW VISION NEXT 100, Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Auto­mobiles, said,

Our goal was to create a very personal vehicle. There will always be that highly emotional connection between a BMW and its driver.

Boost Mode or Ease Mode

The driver can drive the car by enabling the Boost Mode. The Boost Mode provides information to the driver by intelligent systems and thus turning you into what the BMW calls as “The Ultimate Driver”.

A simple touch on the BMW logo on the steering enables the Ease Mode and the vehicle drives autonomously. Now, the companion becomes your tour guide.

As your car drives autonomously, the companion displays signals for road users. The car stops and shows a green light which indicates the pedestrian can cross the road.

BMW Vision Next 100 indicates pedestrians when it is safe to cross the road
BMW Vision Next 100 indicates pedestrians when it is safe to cross the road

Material Performer

The VISION car is designed considering the aerodynamics and has an extremely low drag coefficient of 0.18. Closed wheel arches help keep the drag as low during manoeuvres. They move dynamically together with the wheels with the help of Alive Geometry.

Closed Wheel Arches reduce the drag significantly
Closed Wheel Arches reduce the drag significantly

The VISION NEXT 100 has double wing doors and a fully retracted steering wheel making it comfortable for entry and exit. Reflective side windows are incorporated which reduce the effects of sunlight. As a result, lesser temperature is on the inside.

The VISION car is made up of eco-friendly materials such as easy-to-recycle mono materials. In addition, the frame of the concept car uses recycled carbon. The smart technologies coupled with connectivity integrate the driver with the car and the environment.

BMW’s have always remained “The Ultimate Driving Machines” and these technologies can make you “The Ultimate Driver”.

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