Las Vegas meets Munich! BMW i exhibits the BMW i Future Vision Interaction from the 2016 CES in Munich. In addition to the futuristic concept car, the BMW i pavilion exhibits two eye-catching models of the BMW i8 and a BMW 740Le iPerformance.
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The BMW i Vision Future Interaction is based on the BMW i8 Concept Sypder. Connectivity, autonomous driving and hybrid performance are the buzzwords of the concept. This car showcases nothing less than the interior of the future. A big 21-inch display dominates the dashboard and extends over almost the entire passenger side. Sensors in front of the display recognize hand movements. The driver (or passenger) operates the display just like a touchscreen. However, the screen doesn’t need to be touched. BMW calls this feature AirTouch.
Key information, such as speed, speed limits and navigation information is provided on a high-resolution head-up display. A three-dimensional display behind the wheel provides additional details about the drive while informing the driver about oncoming vehicles or road traffic ahead.
In addition to the futuristic control system, the BMW i Vision Future Interaction stands also for highly automated driving. Three driving modes can be selected – Pure Drive (driving yourself), Assist (assistance systems intervene actively) and Auto Mode (highly automated operation). Each mode can be selected via the steering wheel.
While the BMWi Vision Future Interaction focuses on the future, the current BMW i model lineup is also present. BMW i presents two models of the i8, featuring Protonic Red and Crystal White as exterior color. Furthermore BMW also has an iPerformance model on stag – the BMW 740Le. A turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor are powering the long-wheelbase model of the luxury plug-in hybrid.
The BMW i pavilion at Lenbachplatz is the company’s flagship store in Munich and is closely located to the pedestrian zone near Stachus. It is open to public and can be visited by anyone who is keen to learn more about BMW and its models.