The Fu­ture of Driv­ing

BMW presents its vi­sion for the next gen­er­a­tion of au­to­mo­biles, and it’s jaw-drop­ping

Augustman - - Motoring - WORDS FARHAN SHAH PHOTO BMW

IN THE PAST YEAR, nu­mer­ous au­to­mo­bile brands have been re­leas­ing their own in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the con­nected car of the fu­ture. Some have made the driver re­lin­quish all con­trol, es­sen­tially turn­ing the car into an au­to­mated car­a­van, while oth­ers choose in­stead to in­te­grate mul­ti­ple func­tions into the sys­tem. For ex­am­ple, you can switch on your home’s air-con­di­tion­ing on your way back from the of­fice so that you re­turn to a suf­fi­ciently cooled abode. The wheel, how­ever, is still un­der your con­trol.

BMW’s con­nected car, named the i Vi­sion Fu­ture In­ter­ac­tion, is dif­fer­ent. Based on 2012’s i8 Con­cept Spy­der, the au­to­mo­bile of­fers three driv­ing modes ‒ Pure Drive,

As­sist and Auto. Each op­tion does ex­actly what it says.

The crown jewel is the in­tu­itive high-res­o­lu­tion panorama dis­play. It show­cases the most im­por­tant ve­hi­cle data on the wind­screen, de­pend­ing on the driv­ing mode, and works like a ges­tu­ral­con­trolled touch­screen that de­tects hand move­ments in three di­men­sions.

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