BMW I Vision Future Interaction Concept: It’s Not The I8 Spyder, It’s The Most Technological I8 You’ve Ever Seen

BMW I Vision Future Interaction Concept: It's Not The I8 Spyder, It's The Most Technological I8 You've Ever Seen

As you know, the BMW i8 is a somewhat special sport because of its hybrid character, but little or nothing has to envy any other model of the brand as it equips a gasoline engine of 3 cylinders with technology Twin Power and a power of 231 CV with a torque of 320 Nm. But here it does not end everything, because its hybrid part also contributes its own with 131 hp more and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. Together with the two engines, it adds a power of 266 kW / 362 hp with a maximum torque of 570 Nm and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.4 seconds.

BMW I Vision Future Interaction Concept: It's Not The I8 Spyder, It's The Most Technological I8 You've Ever SeenAt the moment we only knew its coupé version, which has already taken some time between us, and although we have talked to you about a possible Spyder variant, it has not been until this 2016 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas when we met First time something that, at least, looks like.

BMW I Vision Future Interaction Concept: It's Not The I8 Spyder, It's The Most Technological I8 You've Ever SeenBMW i Vision Future Interaction Concept

Named as BMW i Vision Future Interaction Concept, the German company shows us a prototype of the BMW i8 that lacks a roof, hood and even doors but, in turn, brings together the latest technological advances in respect to the environment and connectivity with users. In fact, they do not want us to look only at their aesthetics because it is not an advance of the Spyder version of i8, but in its content, as it anticipates the future of the brand.

One of the strengths of Vision Future is to improve the user interfaces, with the goal of using less and less hands to control the multiple options of the vehicle, from the air conditioner or the radio to the steering wheel. The autonomous driving and the connected car  are two of the issues of the moment and the struggle between brands to emphasize is increasing, so we could well understand this  concept  as the letter of presentation of BMW in the field of the autonomous car .

BMW I Vision Future Interaction Concept: It's Not The I8 Spyder, It's The Most Technological I8 You've Ever SeenBMW i Vision Future Interaction Concept

The interior is characterized by minimalism. Almost all of the button controls have disappeared, and instead a large screen called the Panorama Display – about 40 centimeters long, 11 centimeters high and 21 inches diagonally – presides over the dashboard. When the car is in autonomous driving mode, the screen becomes a massive infotainment system that offers a wide range of functionalities for both the driver and the passenger.

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From listening to streaming music  or making video calls to checking e-mail or surfing the web, everything is possible aboard the BMW i Vision Future Interaction Concept . But here it does not end, as the large screen is complemented by a smaller three-dimensional screen that picks up the instrument cluster, while the windshield uses augmented reality to offer the driver a constant flow of relevant information projected on the road. So he does not need to look away or divert his attention.

Accompany these innovations with  the Air Touch gesture control system , which allows users to interact with the screen without having to touch it and using every day and intuitive gestures thanks to a wide variety of sensors that detect and interpret the movements of the hand. If we consider that this technology is already available in the BMW 7 Series, we may not be so far from seeing in production models some of the other innovations presented by this concept.

BMW i Vision Future Interaction Concept

In fact, according to the brand itself, all this technology will come in the future in its range, complemented by autonomous driving. BMW is looking for customers to enjoy the most comfort possible on board their vehicles and, therefore, this prototype even has a system that warns the driver in those optimum stretches so that it rests and the car itself is driven only through a whole range of cameras, radars and sensors.

The autonomous system would have, in turn, three modes of operation:  Pure Drive, where it is the driver who takes care of all the functions of the vehicle; Assist, where the driver interacts with the vehicle but in situations of risk it is the latter who takes control to avoid an accident; And  Auto Mode , where the vehicle takes care of all the functions without needing the driver to intervene. When selecting the last mode, the steering wheel lights blue and moves forward to provide the driver with additional space to relax.

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