At the 2011 International Motor Show in Geneva, the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive will make its world debut. We brought you sneak pictures of the concept last week but BMW has announced more details on the car’s design and technological innovations.
The BMW features a long hood blending seamlessly with the windscreen. The long wheelbase and the seating positions are set well back. Its surfaces are enhanced by distinctive flowing lines. The layering principle, which requires that individual components take on a number of tasks, has been implemented both in the interior and the exterior. Sensors integrated into the headlights and the rear lights assist in monitoring traffic and the environment. Antennas instead of wing mirrors transmit information and capture navigation data.
An enhanced Head-Up Display is one of the innovations that’s also new. It delivers a three-dimensional display of information and icons which provide the actual view of the road ahead with virtual content. Information is displayed either in the foreground or in the background, depending upon its relevance and the current traffic situation. In addition, the concept vehicle is equipped with a programmable instrument cluster.
The passenger in a BMW Vision ConnectedDrive vehicle can also take advantage of additional functionalities. The co-pilot can evaluate information or address details for the navigation system received online and forward them to the driver’s instrument panel if necessary. The Emotional Browser makes an even more varied and individually-tailored choice of information possible. During the journey, this system captures and filters additional information about the environment through which the vehicle is currently travelling, in terms of people, mood or location. This personal configuration can be set at the start of the journey, but can also be adjusted on the road to be more or less detailed, to suit individual requirements.