BMW has revealed the Vision ConnectedDrive concept, ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.
Resembling a Vision EfficientDynamics roadster, the VCD adopts BMW's "layering" design theme which attempts to break up large surfaces to give vehicles a lighter, more organic appearance. As such, the concept features a wide grille, massive air intakes, a frameless windscreen, and a transparent area in the hood that symbolizes the "driver's focus on the road ahead and on the concentration of information that is flowing in the opposite direction, towards him." Most notably, the car has electro- mechanical retracting doors which recall the Z1 and are perfectly road-legal in the retracted position.
Inside, the cabin is split into two key sections as the driver and passenger are separated by a flowing center console which eschews many of the typical controls. Furthermore, the clean styling is highlighted by a programmable instrument cluster which is augmented by a head-up display that shows key vehicle information.
As for the ConnectedDrive part, BMW envisions that your smartphone will instantly link to the vehicle as soon as you enter. This will ensure drivers have full access to all of their apps, notifications, messages and contacts. While that sounds a bit 20th century, the system also boasts an augmented reality interface which can be shown on the head-up display and used to automatically drive the car without human interaction. Per BMW's example, you'd go to a restaurant, exit the car, and the vehicle would use the internet to locate a parking garage, drive to it, and park.
So far, the company has declined to release technical specifications but expect to learn more on March 1st.
Check out the press release for additional information