BMW Vision concept showcases technology

BMW will be giving its Vision ConnectedDrive concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. A two-seat roadster the concept is aimed at showing the potential of current and future in-car technology and how it could aid comfort, safety and ‘infotainment’.

The BMW Vision ConnectedDrive showcases the current and future capabilities of BMW’s ConnectedDrive technologies.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

Advanced Head-Up Display takes the technology currently available in production BMWs even further, placing a three-dimensional display of key information in the direct sight line of the driver, eliminating the need for the driver’s eyes to refocus.

The three-dimensional display allows the real view to be overlaid with virtual information, highlighting hazards and allowing the driver to take in all of the information quickly and take the right action.

In addition to Advanced Head-Up Display the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive is equipped with a programmable instrument cluster that gives the driver additional information. Passengers get their own information display, out of the driver’s field of vision, including information, music or navigation details that they can pass onto the driver with a simple touch of a finger.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

The concept may also signal the direction that BMW design will take, while also presenting the essential elements of BMW’s current design language. BMW say these include its long wheelbase, set back seating position and long bonnet “with taut surfaces and distinctive flowing lines”. BMW say: “This results in an interesting play of light and shadow making the car appear as if it is accelerating even at a standstill.”

An interesting feature is the sliding doors, which are inspired by those I remember on the BMW Z1. The doors disappear into the body of the car, dropping down behind the lower body panel. Like the Z1, this allows the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive to be driven with the doors open, emphasising the link between the vehicle and its environment.

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