BMW showed off a new version of the BMW i8 Spyder concept that it’s calling the iVision Future Interaction concept. The concept appears to be an evolution of the i8 Spyder concept that we first saw in Beijing back in 2012.
“The objective is to enable drivers to make relaxed and effective use of the freedoms offered by highly automated driving,” says BMW, while insisting that everything that’s made BMW good driver’s cars in the past will remain the case if you still want to wield control.
Aside from not having a roof or any doors, the concept also features a 21-inch screen on the passenger side of the car that’s intended to help make your time more enjoyable while the car is in autonomous driving mode. Plus, you don’t even have to touch any buttons to control it because it will read your hand gestures.
The large screen is also intended to integrate seamlessly with the rest of your technology, allowing you to Facetime while the car is in autonomous mode but then switching to an audio-only call any time you have to do some of the driving yourself. While in autonomous mode, the steering wheel also pulls back to create more room for the driver to relax and enjoy the fact that the future has arrived.
Another item the future promised us is finally arriving: cameras for rearview mirrors. In BMW‘s scheme, three cameras replace the mirrors. One big adjustment from years of automotive convention is the lack of any side glances for the driver. A display in place of the conventional rearview mirror shows a composite wide-angle image. Imminent hazards, such as a vehicle in the blind spot, are shown with yellow warning icons.
Previous mirrorless designs have mounted cameras flush with the body, but the i8 Mirrorless uses wing-like side cameras. They also serve as turn signal indicators. We assume that the narrow profile is more aerodynamic than the housing for a large piece of reflective glass.
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