This year, BMW joins the special group of auto makers who have reached 100 years in production. First founded in 1916, BMW started out as the remnants of Rapp Motorenwerke which built aircraft engines and continued the business. BMW would produce its first car in 1928 called the Dixi, based on the Austin 7.
To celebrate this landmark, BMW unveiled the Vision Next 100 concept. According to BMW, this concept shows their idea for the future of mobility. The Vision Next 100 features sensors all around the car along with host of driver assistance systems. The concept car is also equipped with autonomous driving technologies and BMW adds that the car will be more than just a means of transport but a companion as well.
This being a BMW, the trademark kidney grill dominates the front fascia although the “Angel Eye” headlights make way for thin strips of laser headlights. The coupe-like concept comes with four doors that open upwards. Another signature styling detail seen in the Vision Next 100 is the Hoffmeister Kink, seen in BMWs as early as the 60's. Moving to the rear, it has a “bustle back” trunklid which was first seen in the E65 7 Series penned by Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk.
Inside, one will see the steering controls stowed in the dashboard which then pops out when the car is started. The dash is devoid of any buttons as commands and functions are made through BMW's Gesture Control which is currently featured in the all-new BMW 7 Series. The i-Drive know is also replaced by a motion sensitive triangular patterns seen throghout the dash to perform commands and information is then projected through the windsheild. BMW also explored the potential of 3D printing with this concept with a large portion of its interior being made through that method.
While strictly a concept car, BMW says the public can expect the technologies seen in the Vision Next 100 in future models. BMW will also be debuting the all-new G30 5 Series in this year's Paris Motor Show.