BMW’s 4D Fu­ture Vi­sion

NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

BMW re­cently showed off a vi­sion of the au­to­mo­tive fu­ture as part of its cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions. The un­veil­ing of the Vi­sion Next 100 was held at the com­pany’s orig­i­nal fac­tory in Mu­nich, where op­er­a­tions be­gan in 1916.

Con­ceived as a pos­si­ble ve­hi­cle of the fu­ture, the Vi­sion Next 100 is one of four con­cept ve­hi­cles to be rolled out over 2016, oth­ers com­ing from Mini, Rolls, and the bike di­vi­sion as well. The VN100 in­cor­po­rates new con­struc­tion and design tech­niques along with vi­sion­ary ideas that might not hap­pen for decades. Why there’s even 4D print­ing, tak­ing things to the next level.

Two driv­ing modes are pos­si­ble, one au­ton­o­mous (Ease mode), the other man­ual (Boost mode). Nat­u­rally driv­ing plea­sure is in­cor­po­rated into the lat­ter, and dig­i­tal in­tel­li­gence sup­ports the driver, with in­for­ma­tion on op­ti­mum turnin points, im­pend­ing traf­fic jams etc. In the former, con­trols re­tract, seats move and there’s more room for re­lax­ation. Few de­tails were re­leased on the driv­e­train, ex­cept that it will be a zero-emis­sions design.

The shape of the con­cept is a three-box sa­loon, a BMW tra­di­tion, with a hint of i8 in the over­all design and sur­fac­ing treat­ment. Paired head­lamps ei­ther side of the kid­ney grille are still present, though to us, the frontal treat­ment looks a lit­tle too much like a beaver.

An­tic­i­pat­ing a move away from the use of met­als in car con­struc­tion, the Vi­sion Next 100 uses car­bon fi­bre and plas­tic for body com­po­si­tion. Flex­i­ble body­work (“Alive Ge­om­e­try”) cov­ers the wheels, re­sult­ing in a su­per-slip­pery Cd of 0.18.

The design team worked from the in­side out. Ac­cess is by wing doors that open au­to­mat­i­cally, and the seat and wheel po­si­tions con­form to the stored data on the smart key. BMW an­tic­i­pates high def­i­ni­tion dis­plays be­ing re­placed by in­for­ma­tion pro­jected across the wind­screen via an ex­tended head-up dis­play.

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