BMW’s latest concept, the Vision ConnectedDrive, was spotted in Berlin during a photoshoot for a BMW commercial. The Vision ConnectedDrive was the star of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show for BMW. Built primarily around future technologies and innovation, the new concept came to life with a single purpose: to showcase BMW’s ConnectedDrive innovations.
Similar to the previous Vision Concept, EfficientDynamics, the latest design study from BMW showcases futuristic design lines that make use of the layering approach initiated with the first Vision Concept. The two-seater roadster features typical lines: long bonnet, short overhangs and strong, bold front-end. As a two-seater roadster charged with emotion, the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive is a particularly dynamic, purist interpretation of the characteristic BMW language of form: the long bonnet, the long wheelbase and the passenger compartment set well back seem to accelerate the vehicle even at a standstill.
According to Domogoj Dukec, Lead Designer for the concept, the car’s design has been somewhat “downplayed” since BMW wanted the attention to fall on the technology rather than the futuristic design lines. The new concept is meant to showcase future technologies and advancements in the mobility field. The design and technology of this spectacular roadster are aimed at making the vehicle an integral part of a networked world.
Starting with the advanced Head-Up Display that uses technology to project in 3D essential information. Next we have the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Infotainment system which is based primarily on location-based information. Only information on the surroundings falling within a certain, predefined radius is shown. The filter features allow the information available to be filtered by content and to be displayed as a specific selection and even personalized. These filter settings can be made in the comfort of your own home or can be carried out spontaneously in the vehicle. Individually tailored information is thus obtained from raw data. The filters work semantically, ordering information not just by keyword but also by the meanings associated with that keyword.
Location-based services enable the information available to be used to create a digital tour of the city or to book a ticket, complete with the appropriate entry in the digital calendar.
Even though BMW refrained from commenting on future products, we expect some of the technologies showcased in the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept to make their way into production vehicles.
Thanks for the photos Wouter!