BMW Vision iNext concept is an electric car capable of autonomous driving. It will be a level 5 self driving car capable of driving itself—without a steering wheel.
Drivers will have much more control over how they use their time on the road.
The BMW Vision iNEXT is fully electric, fully connected and offers highly autonomous driving. The series-production model, set to become the company’s new technology flagship, will be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing from 2021. It will integrate the BMW Group’s strategic areas of innovation (“D+ACES”) and bring them to the roads.
BMW jointly purchased a machine-readable map, known as the HD Live Map from a company called HERE.
The strategic innovation areas Autonomous Driving, Connectivity, Electro-mobility and Services are opening up completely new possibilities for car interior design. As a result, the interior is acquiring a whole new significance.
The BMW Vision iNEXT can be a place of relaxation, interaction, entertainment or concentration – the possibilities are as manifold as the occupants’ needs. Accordingly, the cabin is more akin to a comfortable and fashionably furnished “living space” on wheels – a new “Favorite Space”. In “Boost” mode, the steering wheel and displays are positioned clearly towards the driver.
When “Ease” mode is engaged, the driver’s immediate environment changes: The steering wheel retracts slightly, creating a more open sense of space. Inside the generously sized cockpit, the driver’s area is defined by the two visible digital display panels and the steering wheel.