As expected, BMW presented its vision on the road to take their vehicles in terms of connectivity, technology, safety and design.Despite not making a glitzy event, BMW managed to impress the audience of this year’s CES, showing that not only served him his new BMW i division, but go ahead using as an example the new prototype of its hybrid BMW i8.
With BMW i the name of Future Vision Interaction, this prototype of what will be the BMW i8 Spyder rightly focuses on presenting the vision of the Bavarian company about how users interact with their cars and back in the not too distant future.
With a very minimalist design, we can see that virtually all the physical buttons and controls are changed by a large touch screen of 21 inches (about 40 × 11 cm), which have called Panorama display, which will be located throughout the right half of the car’s dashboard, allowing users to control and visualize everything you need to have a pleasant trip, from watching a movie to make video calls.
But that’s not all, besides being touch, the system uses a technology called Airtouch, which is to control the touch screen without the need to touch anything, ie control everything by movements and hand gestures, which is obvious if We consider that the driver can not play three quarters of this huge panel. Windshield now also becomes a screen with the head up display of art where you can also appreciate the information.
Turning to connectivity and leaving aside the obvious such as Bluetooth, WiFi for updates BMW presents a kind of social network that will feed on the same cars BMW where if they detect any sudden speed reduction, hazard or accident where are circulating a report will go to the global cloud advising all BMW close immediately. This will make it intuitive and automated in order to prevent or avoid accidents or traffic jams by the same way.
As for autonomous driving BMW, leaves things very clear, if they will have autonomous driving technologies but they played together with the driver offering three different modes. The first Pure Drive, where the driver will have the absolute control of the car where the car all you will do is observe the movements made by this. The second, Assist, this mode gives the driver the ability to freely operate the vehicle but in such case of detecting an obstacle or risk, the system automatically takes control to avoid any incident. Besides his participation will be higher by offering better routes or modes of operation to improve efficiency.
Finally, Auto Mode, as is inferred that, at this point, the system will take over completely the vehicle, allowing the user to relax and enjoy the scenery. Certainly in this way the wheel will change color to blue, but if you find that road conditions or climate are not favorable, the pilot must take over.