Making its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept is a showcase of the current and future in-car technology.
The main design element is the layering concept, which aims at demonstrating the bond between the driver, passenger, vehicle and the surrounding environment.
This interaction is visualized through a complex light installation which shows the path of data exchange with the driver and passenger as the start and end point of each interaction.
The taut surfaces and distinctive flowing lines create an interplay of light and shadow making the car appear as if it is accelerating even at a standstill.
The sliding doors, inspired by those on the BMW Z1, disappear into the body, allowing to drive the cars with the doors open, which emphasizes the link between the vehicle and its environment.
The headlights and rear lights integrate sensors that monitor the traffic and external environment.
Each layer is defined by a color, rhythm, motion and texture and, through the transparent surfaces the path taken by the information can be seen via fibre optic lighting.
The first layer focuses on safety, with a red light wrapping around the driver and coming together in a cone on the hood. This represents the flow of safety-specific information and the driver’s focus on the road ahead.
The second layer encompasses the safety layer and extends to the passenger cell, focusing on infotainment. It is outlined by the blue ribbon of light.
The third layer, defined by the green light flow, concentrates on the interaction of the vehicle with the world around it. It starts and ends with the two antennas, in place of wing mirrors, providing the data link to the surrounding environment.
Among the technological highlights are the advanced three-dimensional Head-Up Display and a programmable instrument cluster.