The Los Angeles auto show benefits from its timely occurrence towards the end of the year as it gets to reveal the progress of what automakers have been up to all year round. It is, to some extent, a roundup of all that was in the auto industry the whole year.
But even when you’ve heard and seen so much around tech on cars over the years, you haven’t seen it all until you lay your eyes on BMW’s Vision iNext concept car. It debuted at the LA auto show this year and wowed ever soul just as it was meant to do.
From the onset, it is unarguable that the primary and almost official task of this concept car is to leverage on all technology aspects and give you-the driver- as little trouble about what and what not to do in the cabin. Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s design chief summarizes it in a conclusive manner, “Technology must be a human experience. The design enables this. It’s a human necessity to have a favorite space. This car can drive autonomously so you must trust the technology.”
From the front to the rear interior of the car, you are attached to a lot of sophistication with applications that make you feel more at home than in a moving object. The dashboard features a rather small-sized oval steering wheel and two landscape screens with the one displaying driver information such as speed and the other being a source of everything else you might need.
But when you sit on a piece of cloth that is interactive, you can’t help but get amazed and amused. On the iNext, if you draw a circle on the seat fabric by your thigh, the car’s audio level goes up or down and the entire upholstery glows to confirm this achievement.
BMW is calling this “‘shy-tech’, and not ‘high-tech’,” as explained by Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of design for the BMW Group, “It’s only there when you need it.”
Not only is this concept car swift but also highly exploitative and takes advantage of human imagination to deliver just about any desire.
Whether this concept eventually gets to production is yet to be seen. However, it is a glimpse into what future BMWs will wear look like as the next phase of tech-savoriness takes shape.
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