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BMW Vision Future Luxury makes world debut in Beijing

Concept shows what people with a whole lot of money might buy someday

Published: April 20, 2014, 11:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:40 PM

BMW introduced the world to its quite literally named Vision Future Luxury at the Beijing Auto Show this week, a lightweight engineering concept featuring a "seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters optimally to the needs of all occupants."

“The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design,” says Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the BMW Vision Future Luxury.

The approach translates into a multi-layered construction comprising both form and function: an individual component will be made of an initial base layer of carbon fibre, followed by a functional level featuring user interface components and display interfaces or lighting functions, followed by another structural load-bearing layer of aluminum, and finally wood then leather for the final finish. The multi-layered structure is then milled down to the appropriate depth depending what surface material or function is required.

The driver is surrounded by a wraparound instrument cluster of three interconnected displays with 3D technology. The left side is devoted to vehicle-related information, the centre a programmable cluster of speedo and rev counter displayed when relevant, and the right side a Driver Information Display with additional information. The driver can control all functions by voice command. The main component is a head-up display that augments the driver's real world view with images of buildings, traffic lights or hazards highlighted. Traffic Light Assistant provides real-time information about traffic light phasing. Passengers get their own information display with a touch-sensitive panel.

Two rear seat displays set into carbon surrounds with a detachable tablet can communicate with the front displays, and all content can (of course!) be controlled from the rear seats. The rear seat offers a  "luxurious haven" of personal space, with two large, deeply contoured single seats and retractable table; the front seats are upright to better give rear seat occupants a sense of ruling the universe.

The 13th Beijing Motor Show is open to the public from April 23 to 29.