BMW’s Next Vision: The Vision ConnectedDrive RoadsterBy Chris Weiss
BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics from the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show was a big hit, and the company is in the process of developing a production model out of it. Before that happens, though, the VED will get a technologically advanced, bald, younger brother. This one is said to be purely concept, though.
Introduced today and on its way to a Geneva debut, the Vision ConnectedDrive is designed to show some new design elements as well as technological components. In my opinion, the concept is just as visually striking as the VED, what with its prominent grille; low, unframed windshield; sliding doors and lighted accents.
The car’s mesmerizing looks continue into the cabin, where BMW has showcased a new 3D heads-up display that shows all kinds of driver-centric information (speed, directions, etc.) with the most relevant information superimposed on top of less essential information. With the set-up, BMW is able to deliver a broad range of important data while using a single screen interface. Some of this information is derived from a series of sensors around the car. [via Autocar]