2015 BMW Vision Drive Concept Car

BMW ConnectedDrive Prototype. Check out all the information here:

Because the central display moves to the place of the instruments, the passenger gets his own interface with the passenger information display. Detached from both of the drivers’ displays the passenger gets his own area of information.

This is unmatched by anything out there. The concepts windshield acts as a screen for a three-dimensional heads-up display. Passengers also get their own display with nav and music info, which can then be sent to the driver’s attention with the press of a button. The german automaker is also showcasing a host of new technologies that may end up in future production BMWs, including connectivity with your smart phone, a concierge service and automated self-parking

Looking ahead, staying safe.
In the last scenario we find ourselves back in town. Together with your passenger, you are driving along busy streets. The navigation system is activated. Via the three-dimensional Head-Up Display, you have all the information relevant to the journey such as speed, fuel consumption and navigational details directly in your field of view. Thanks to the augmented reality feature, the navigational details appear to be on the street itself and show you the way forward. In addition, the freely programmable instrument cluster displays a two-dimensional map of your surroundings, with your route highlighted upon it. Your passenger is watching a film on the Passenger Information Display in front of him. All the while, the sensory system constantly scans the space around the vehicle and along the chosen route.

Caution! Several sets of traffic lights on your route have just failed. The vehicle immediately projects a warning directly into your field of view on the Head-Up Display. Simultaneously, the instrument cluster provides you with a map of the affected area, showing in detail precisely which traffic lights along your route are out of operation. The warning also stops the film playing on the passenger’s display so that nothing will distract you from the hazard ahead. In all the situations in which BMW ConnectedDrive issues a warning, the fundamental principle is that warnings have priority over any other information. This gives you the best possible opportunity to grasp the situation, evaluate it and react appropriately. After the initial urgent warning, the warning icon moves off to the side, reminding you to pay greater attention than usual while continuing your journey. The film resumes where it stopped.

Making the invisible visible – sensors that can see around corners.
Just before the road junction with the first set of failed traffic lights, a new warning appears: danger of collision! Even before the road junction comes into view, your vehicle has exchanged information with other road users on the route ahead and has recognised a potentially dangerous situation. A car is approaching the road junction from the left at full speed even though it does not have right of way. If both vehicles maintain their present courses and speeds, a collision is likely. Your vehicle immediately makes you aware of the probable collision on the Head-Up Display and highlights the approaching car on a map on the instrument cluster. Again, the film on the passenger’s display is stopped. As soon as the other car comes into view, it will be highlighted by an augmented reality outline. This gives you the opportunity to brake in time, let the other vehicle pass and to avoid a possible accident.

Further along the route, suddenly a vehicle unexpectedly emerges from a parking spot on your right. The sensory system immediately registers this and shows the emerging vehicle as a hazard in the Head-Up Display. The brakes are automatically applied, reducing your speed, and the minor jolt prompts you to deal with the situation yourself and to either continue braking or to take evasive action. Since the peripheral scan has shown that avoiding action will not be dangerous, the vehicle simultaneously makes an avoidance suggestion on both displays in the form of an arrow positioned over the lanes in the road. Displaying the options available in augmented reality allows the driver to quickly grasp the situation so that he can react intuitively, promptly and appropriately.

The central area of safety symbolises the interaction between the driver and the environment with active safety measures such as driver assistance systems. These are features that enable the vehicle to pass information relevant to safety on to the driver.