News: BMW Vision Next 100 - living geometry meets virtual reality

With the concept Vision Next 100 the Munich show how the car - at some point in the next hundred years - appearance and especially driving could.

The BMW AG celebrates a memorable anniversary in the year 2016 - and makes itself a spectacular gift. On the 7. March 1916 has Gustav Otto, a son of just that engine Otto, register the company in Munich in the commercial register, and to the day exactly one hundred years later, the Chairman of the Board Harald Krüger presented at a major ceremony, the study Vision Next 100. The sleek Streaker is one of four concept cars that the BMW Group wants to showcase in the anniversary year and which should allow a glimpse into the future of the four core brands. Following the BMW vision, the 100 models from Mini and Rolls-Royce will follow in June and a visionary motorcycle concept in October.

BMW celebrates its 100th birthday and gives itself a spectacular study.
BMW celebrates its 100th birthday and gives itself a spectacular study.

For the BMW century model, the design team around head-creative Adrian van Hooydonk pulled out all the stops and together with their colleagues from the connectivity department a sleek, copper-colored flounder with 5er dimensions (4,90 meters long, 1,37 meters high) placed on the non-visible wheels. Really heard: If the Munich visions come true, tires and especially rim designs play no role, since they are covered by bodywork. This has a very positive effect on the aerodynamics - the study has a cw value of only 0,18 - but negative on steering; Finally, the front wheels need freedom of movement. For this to work, the modern sheet metal gives way and deforms when steering accordingly like a stretchy skin: Alive Geometry calls this BMW, and thus also means the modified spoiler lip at the rear, always with the aim to offer as little air resistance as possible.

What drives the Vision Next 100, BMW does not reveal.
What drives the Vision Next 100, BMW does not reveal.

When the driver and guests approach the car, the car automatically swings its four gullwing doors upwards and invites you to enter the chair landscape in 7er format. A car cockpit is not much reminiscent: the steering wheel is flush with the dashboard, buttons and switches are in vain. But if the driver touches the BMW logo on the dashboard, the doors close and the rectangular steering furniture, as Hooydonk jokingly calls the wheel, swings out. The BMW is mainly operated by gesture control in the air, all information is displayed on the windshield. Using augmented reality technology, for example, the BMW draws the ideal line and the recommended speed on the road and shows the driver obstacles he still can not see - be it a cairn behind a bend or a cyclist coming from the side , In addition to the displays in and on the disc, 800 changes moving triangles on the dashboard and in the side panels depending on the situation and give the driver additional analogue feedback or remind him to pay attention - this also runs under the keyword Alive Geometry.

The Vision Next 100 would not be a future study, he could not drive autonomously. If the driver decides to leave Boost mode - as BMW calls it when man is behind the wheel - and switches to Ease mode, the steering wheel will fold away, the center console will move away from its driver-oriented position, the kidney Grille changes and in front of the windscreen drives out the so-called companion. The small sculpture then virtually takes on the function of the driver and with its light signals both the inmates and the passers-by that the Vision Next 100 is now driving on its own. What's more, the companion also communicates with the outside world and, for example, sends a signal to pedestrians once they have recognized them and they can safely cross the street. The passengers in the vehicle can sit in the Ease mode slightly oblique to each other and talk comfortably, and the windshield is no longer used for important driving information, but serves as a large screen, for example, for video telephony.

When the driver and guests approach the car, the car automatically swings its four gullwing doors upwards and invites you to enter the chair landscape in 7er format.
When the driver and guests approach the car, the car automatically swings its four gullwing doors upwards and invites you to enter the chair landscape in 7er format.

What drives the Vision Next 100, BMW does not reveal. But Van Hooydonk is sure that "in the next one hundred years" there will be a fitting solution to be emission-free and dynamic on the move. The manufacturer becomes more specific with regard to the materials used: wood and leather will disappear over time in terms of conserving resources and are no longer included in the study. Instead, the designers - in addition to materials to be invented - rely on recycled materials and carbon residues that are left over in the other carbon fiber production.

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