We’ve just been given a glimpse of what the future of motoring could look like, with BMW showing off its latest concept car, and it’s self-driving. The Vision Next 100 was unveiled on Monday, at a ceremony celebrating BMW’s 100th birthday, at Munich’s Olympic Hall.
The Vision Next 100 has two driving modes, a driver mode and an autonomous mode, or ‘ease’ as its known. In driver mode the car operates mostly like cars do now, except the BMW indicates the ideal driving line and speed, but when the car is set to autonomous mode the steering wheel retracts and the two front seats turn to face each other. Perfect for two people to have a chat, and if it’s only you in the car, put your feet up and relax.
BMW’s goggles into the future must be bronze tinted, judging by the look of the Vision Next 100. The car has sealed wheel arches, quite similar in style to the ones Goodyear envision for their Eagle-360 smart tires. With 100 years down, BMW want to show us what the next century has in store.
Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design said, “So our objective with the BMW Vision Nexat 100 was to develop a future scenario that people would engage with.”
Right now the Vision Next 100 is just a concept, although it was ‘driven’ onto the stage of BMW’s centenary event in Munich, the car is mainly a showcase for the technology BMW want in their future production cars. That’s not to say that the design of the Vision Next 100 is something to be sniffed at, it’s one of the most futuristic looking things we’ve ever seen.
With BMW saying “If, as a designer, you are able to imagine something, there’s a good chance it could one day become reality”, it’s fair to say theres a a good chance elements of this styling will be seen in their future production cars.
We know BMW want to compete with Google when it comes to producing the software that will be used in autonomous vehicles, so this BMW may be a very real glimpse into the future. It’s all very exciting times for auto, tech and BMW lovers alike, check out the video below for a peek into what future car journeys might look like: