In a celebration of its centenary, BMW has unveiled a futuristic concept car which it claims will be able to switch between autonomous control and high-performance human driving.
The Vision Next 100 boasts a retractable steering wheel and swivelling seats which will allow the occupants to completely detach from the control of the vehicle.
Behind the Vision Next 100 was BMW’s desire to create a highly personalised vehicle that will meet the driver’s every need. Also anticipated were the trends and technological developments that will be prevalent in the coming years.
Various modes of control are available in the car, two of which are named ‘Boost’ and ‘Ease’. As would be imagined, Ease mode turns the vehicle into a spacious retreat with agreeable lighting and a comfortable atmosphere. In Boost, the driver takes over, while receiving guidance from the subtle and intuitive support offered by the vehicle’s Companion, which is the name given to its sensory and digital intelligence.
Speaking at the centenary event at Munich’s Olympic Hall on Monday, Harald Kr?ger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG commented: “At the BMW Group, we are always on a quest for the best solution. It's part of our DNA. It's also the spirit of our collaborations, a recurring theme that permeates our corporate and leadership culture.
”At the moment, the world is on the verge of realising automated driving; in the not-too-distant future the majority of cars will probably be completely self-driving and travel the streets of cities inhabited by far more people than today.
”Future mobility will connect every area of people's lives. And that's where we see new opportunities for premium mobility.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.