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BMW’s ‘Vision’ Of The Future 10
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Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, BMW, Concept Vehicle, Geneva Motor Show, Vision ConnectedDrive Concept on 02 10th, 2011
BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept

Image: BMW Group

If you’re lucky enough to be attending this year’s Geneva Auto Show, stop by the BMW exhibit and feast your eyes on their latest concept, called the “BMW Vision ConnectedDrive”. Vaguely reminiscent of a cross between a current Z4 and a channel catfish, the Island-Of-Dr.-Moreau creation is meant to serve as a platform to highlight advanced telematics systems. The concept is electric powered, although BMW has deliberately avoided giving specifics on range or capabilities since the Vision ConnectedDrive concept is merely a design study.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept

Image: BMW Group

As far as I can tell from BMW’s vaguely worded press release, the car is meant to highlight BMW’s idea of a connected future. They don’t give details, but it’s safe to assume the car will include voice-command operated internet access; real-time traffic, weather and sports; voice to text e-mail and social media updates; vehicle status and service monitoring and an interface with smartphone calenders. Most of this is just my educated guess, because here’s what BMW’s press release had to say:

The BMW Vision ConnectedDrive study demonstrates current and future methods of mobile networking in a particularly focused way. The design and technology of this spectacular roadster are aimed at making the vehicle an integral part of a networked world. Comfort, safety and the infotainment experience in the vehicle can be precisely optimised by the innovative functionality, individually tailored to suit the requirements of both the driver and passenger. New technologies and design concepts are employed to add even more facets to the unmistakable BMW driving pleasure.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept

Image: BMW Group

Does anyone else find it ironic that BMW is highlighting a concept car with advanced telematics, yet still charging extra for such things as Bluetooth and iPod integration on their 2011 cars?

Source: BMW Group







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