BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept To Debut at 2011 Geneva Auto Show

2011 Geneva Auto Show

  • BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Picture

    BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Picture

    BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept. | February 11, 2011

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2011 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The German automaker creates an edgy two-place roadster and layers it with even edgier technology.
  • Among the advanced features is a new 3D head-up display.
  • The doors slide into the bodywork.

GENEVA — BMW says its radical new roadster concept, unflatteringly dubbed Vision ConnectedDrive," presents the automobile as a fully integrated part of the networked world in both its design and technological innovations" as well as representing "the potential of current and future in-car technology for optimizing comfort, safety and infotainment."

The two-seater features doors that slide into the bodywork, à la the short-lived Z1 roadster, enabling true open-air motoring. But that's not the least of this car's unique and distinctive characteristics.

To visually demonstrate the automaker's vision of the connected car of the future, BMW engineers have created a triple layer of fiber-optic lighting, which each layer corresponding to one of three values — safety, comfort and infotainment. Red lights flow around the driver, carrying a flow of safety-related data and information. Blue lights, denoting infotainment, encompass the passenger and promote "active social exchange" between driver and passenger. Green lights are focused on "the interaction of the vehicle with the world around it."

To enable the flow of information, the headlamps and taillamps have integrated sensors that monitor traffic and the environment. Some of that data is fed to a new 3D head-up display, which overlays the driver's real-time view with virtual information. The instrument cluster can be programmed to provide additional data.

The passenger also is provided with a separate information display, and the data — navigation, music and so on — can be shared with the driver. says: Another whiz-bang concept from the technical maestros in Munich. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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