Revealed: the BMW ‘Vision Next 100’ concept

BMW celebrates 100 years this week. Here’s the car that’ll lead the party

BMW’s vision for the next 100 years is a sporting watering hole. Not an SUV, not a hypercar, not a nuclear-powered flying automobile. Sports public houses are, claims Adrian von Hooydonk, ‘the core’ of BMW.

Yet the BMW Vision Next 100, to provide the cars and truck its complete name, is also independent, shape-shifting and powered by something they will not call.

Much like the i8 Crawler exposed at CES in January, it has two settings. You drive or it drives.

But even when you’re driving, you’re in ‘boost setting’ – boosted into a hero motorist. Augmented-reality guides you, forecasting the optimal guiding line and rate onto the windshield.

The augmented-reality display will certainly additionally predict hidden risks right into your field of vision. BMW’s example is a bicyclist obscured by a vehicle. A picture of the bicyclist is projected onto your windshield, making the truck amazingly semi-transparent.

If even that is all too tough, or you have other things to do, switch to ‘relieve mode’. The guiding quadrant folds up away and the chairs rotate about so you can settle back as well as move on with life.

Now, this shape-shifting company– or ‘alive geometry’ as van Hooydonk calls it. The armadillo-scales triangles on the dash let the vehicle caution you, virtually subliminally, of upcoming dangers by opening to expose their red flipsides.

The external bodywork wears even more of the same triangular theme. The wheels are faired in, so when the front ones count on steer, the bodywork extends to accommodate them. At the back of the auto, the profile lengthens with speed, cutting aero drag.

At the front, the kidney grille is present and right, yet van Hooydonk points out it isn’t required as an air intake– a clue that there’s no straight-six behind there. Rather they have re-purposed the grille as a porthole for all the sensing units the vehicle needs to drive autonomously.

“If you can picture the future, you have actually made the first step,” says AvH. He’s pictured something quite, do not you think. However the future? Ideas below, please.