BMW Vision Next 100. The car of the future to celebrate the century
For the BMW group is to develop a technology "as intuitive as possible to operate and experience so that future interactions between human, machine and surroundings become seamless". The BMW Vision Next 100 shows how they intend to shape that future. For the group autonomous driving the yes or no is no longer a question but the when, although it's clear that "the driver will remain firmly in the focus, with constant connectivity, digital intelligence and state-of-the-art technologies available for support."
This integrates the addition of new materials (carbon fiber is the first example) that will replace metals and engraving with new tools and components resulting from 3D and 4D printing, with intelligent materials that will substitute conventional tools to open unimaginable possibilities of design and engineering.
And always starting from the emotional experience of driving as a key element of driving pleasure, changing the driver from normal to "maximum driver" through digital intelligence, driver-vehicle interaction- assisted ("Alive Geometry") with two modes of driving, the customized - "Boost" - and automated - "Ease" - articulated by the assistant "Companion", the intelligent electronic companion that connects car and driver.
A fully green vehicle.- All these developments are reflected in the Next Vision 100, a mix of coupe and sedan 4.90 meters long and just 1.39 meters high, with the dimensions of a luxury BMW.
Ecology is present in its construction, the interior has recycled and renewable materials. The elements of carbon (visible and invisible), as the side panels are made of waste of carbon fiber production. Eventually, other materials are added to the mixture. We don't know yet how will be the engine, and there is no need, but certainly it will be electric (or hybrid at least).
The exterior of the vehicle is copper in color - (a technical and warm color) and the access is equally special, using intelligent sensors that open their scissor-wing doors. To facilitate driver access, steering wheel merges with the control panel, and once the driver is seated, all systems are activated by pressing the BMW logo placed in the center of the dashboard; when the door is closed, the steering wheel moves forward and driving experience begins.
"Alive Geometry " .- This concept is applied to both the final result of the vehicle and its production process, as the current standard manufacturing methods are replaced by the future ones, specially by 4D printing, which adds to the three dimensions a fourth one, the functional.
At the moment, the digital world is strongly linked to displays; the next step will be organic LEDs – in other words, displays that can freely change shape. However the Vision Vehicle suggests there will at some point be no more displays at all. Instead the entire windscreen will serve as a giant display, directly in front of the driver. In the future the digital and physical worlds will merge considerably, and we will see the way the analogue dashboard interacts with the digital Head-Up Display in the front windscreen In Boost mode, when the driver is concentrating fully on the road, Alive Geometry highlights the ideal driving line or possible turning point and warns of oncoming vehicles. Rather than making the driver drive faster, this kind of support sets out to make them drive noticeably better. In addition, intuitive feedback has a more physical and immediate impact than a robotic voice or instructions on a screen.
In Ease mode, Alive Geometry is more discreet, informing occupants about the road ahead and any acceleration and braking manoeuvres that are about to happen, while in the Boost mode, the entire vehicle focuses on the driver, offering intelligent support. As the journey proceeds, the driver can interact with the vehicle via gesture control. The contact analogue BMW HeadUp Display of the future uses the entire windscreen to communicate with the driver
In Boost mode, it focuses exclusively on what really matters to the driver: the ideal line, turning point and speed while intelligent sensors and permanent data exchange allow the Head-Up Display to generate a digital image of the vehicle’s surroundings (foggy conditions, for example, this means the driver can benefit from information such as vehicles crossing ahead, before they actually come into sight. In addition, by learning more and more about the driver, the system continuously improves, concentrating on creating at all times the most personal driving experience possible.
The transition to Ease mode brings about a complete change of interior ambiance. The steering wheel and center console retract and the headrests move to one side to create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The seats and door panels merge to form a single unit, allowing the driver and passengers to sit at a slight angle. This makes it easier for them to face each other and sit in a more relaxed position for easier communications. Meanwhile, the HeadUp Display offers occupants personalized content along with the information and entertainment they desire.