BMW unveils a futuristic concept car sculpture at CES 2017
【Summary】What will a future car look like in five years? BMW gave us an answer at CES 2017, with a concept car sculpture called “BMW i Inside Future” - its avant-garde artistic look and multifunctional design will definitely leave you with a deep impression.
What will a future car look like in five years? BMW gave us an answer at CES 2017, with a concept car sculpture called "BMW i Inside Future" - its avant-garde artistic look and multifunctional design will definitely leave you with a deep impression.
Unlike Toyota's "Concept-I" that focuses on car-human interaction and is really drivable, BMW this time is actually presenting a sculpture instead of a real car model. However, its bold design and technological settings in the car are eye-catching: every passenger in the vehicle can listen to their favorite music without interrupting others, as they have access to individual "Sound Curtains" that emanates from the head restraints. For backseat passengers, they have a large wide-screen display that can be used for video, or lighting. Personal mobile devices such as phones and tablets can be connected, creating an environment where everyone could enjoy their own entertainment and never bother others.
Interestingly, there's a bookshelf under the passenger seat, at the right side of the car sculpture (will there still be books in the future?). Based on the idea that autonomous driving technology will totally liberate people in cars, a passenger could do whatever he wants. Taking a nap, reading a book, watching a movie, or making a conference call—the whole journey won't be about driving any more.
Another highlight is a futuristic control system called "HoloActive Touch." It enables a full-color floating "virtual touchscreen" in the air near the steering wheel. A driver can select different functions and make commands by moving his or her hand to the location of the virtual control. This is how it works – a high-sensitivity camera installed inside the car tracks the position of the fingers, and an ultrasonic source emits a pulse to one's fingertips, notifying the driver as tactile feedback to indicate a selection is made. When choosing an option on the virtual screen, the image changes simultaneously. Both visual and tactile signals are given to facilitate the setting. Such unparalleled user experience among HUDs is definitely a selling point and very futuristic. It can provide the driver with a quick and convenient input method; when not needed, the screen will fade into the background.
"For the first time, the functions can be controlled without any physical contact with materials," BMW said in its press release. "But the technology still enables the visible and tangible driver-vehicle interaction familiar from conventional touchscreens."
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
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