BMW Celebrates 100th Birthday With Vision Next 100 Concept

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BMW has unveiled the Vision Next 100 Concept at its Centenary (100th) birthday celebrations in Munich, Germany. The Vision Next 100 is the first of four major concepts that the German car and motorcycle manufacturer will show this year. 

The Vision Next 100 is a shapeshifting sports saloon that takes the swoopy lines and style of a coupe and combines them with the elegance of a sedan.

The concept's silhouette reminds one of the BMW i8 and the rear doors that open upwards are rear hinged like the ones found on a Rolls-Royce.

The front of the car features the iconic BMW Kidney grille which plays host to all the sensors required for the car to go into automatic mode.

In keeping with changing face of driving, the Vision next 100 features both self driving (Boost mode) and autonomous modes (Ease Mode). The car can change color to tell everyone else what mode it is in. 

In Boost mode the driver is guided by an Augmented Reality (AR) display that gives him or her the ideal steering line and speed onto the windscreen while keeping an eye out for hidden dangers on the road.

In Ease Mode, the steering pulls back and slots itself into the dashboard and the car takes over all driving responsibilities and the chairs swivel so that the driver and passengers can relax and enjoy themselves.

The active aero can be used to warn the driver of oncoming hazards as they can flip over the triangular scales on the car's body revealing their red flipsides. 

When the faired-in wheels need to turn the wheel arches extend out sideways to accomodate the turning wheels and the rear of the car extends out as the car goes faster to cut down on drag.

BMW is expected to reveal a MINI and a Rolls-Royce Concept when its Centenary celebrations hit the UK from June 16-26 and a bike concept when the celebrations come to an end at an event in California from October 11-16.  

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