BMW iNEXT is a highly automated, electrically and fully networked SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) that has a new era of mobility in mind. With a production model based on the concept planned for 2021, the design positions itself as the flagship of the brand’s new technology. Thus, the model shows some of the technologies that you can use in the future. This includes three “shy” uses: an intelligent personal assistant, intelligent materials and finally an intelligent headlight.
The electric car of the future – BMW iNEXT
At first glance, the BMW iNEXT looks unmistakably from the BMW i family. The exterior features a large, interconnected double grille, graphic side windows, and blue accents on the surfaces.
In addition, the clearly shaped details and surfaces determine a sophisticated appearance. This is supported by the fluid, gradually changing shade of gray-copper. 3D printed patterns, cameras that replace the wing mirrors, and slim front and rear lights complete the design.
Two large, opposite doors, which remove the B-pillar, open via touch-sensitive, illuminated door openers. Users are welcomed into a “living space” on wheels that serves as a place for relaxation, interaction, entertainment or concentration. Under the large panoramic roof, the spacious cabin has two individual seats at the front and a one-piece bench at the rear.
Thoughtful interior with adaptable interaction
Shaded materials define the area of the driver where there are two visible display panels and the steering wheel. These can be set in two modes. An elevation positions this equipment opposite the driver while convenience pulls it back a little to provide a more open space.
The “shy technology” of the interior appears above the wooden center console, which is supported by illuminated crystal glass and a bronze-colored base. There are no other touch screens in the car. The only other integrated technology is visible and operable when required. An intelligent personal assistant reacts to verbal announcements like “Hey BMW” and links to intelligent devices and home networks.
The intelligent projection technology projects images, moving content or interactive video graphics on command. Thanks to intelligent materials, users can control applications with the simple touch function on surfaces. In addition to the center console, passengers can adjust the music controls by following gestures on the jacquard fabric in the back seat.