BMW took the wraps off two more VISION NEXT 100 concept cars June 17, models for what the company’s Rolls-Royce and MINI products might look like in the year 2116.
A fourth concept from BMW’s Motorrad motorcycle department is due to launch on the 11th of October. The vehicles envisage a form of future mobility focused heavily on connectivity and integration in a digitized world.
While the BMW VISION NEXT 100 was a concept car designed to be driven most of the time, with “typical BMW driving pleasure at its core,” the concepts from MINI and Rolls-Royce follow their current vehicular themes of individuality and ultimate luxury, respectively.
The MINI concept launch came with an “Every MINI is my MINI” tagline attached, and built on an innovative car-sharing concept that allows for any driver to access an available nearby MINI at any time.
The car would autonomously respond to your request for a pick-up while morphing into your car by altering its appearance, driving characteristics and connectivity en route. In MINI’s words, the concept car builds on “connected digital intelligence.”
Unlike the futuristic BMW and MINI concepts, which allow the driver to take over driving duties from the autonomous drive system at will, the Rolls-Royce concept is strictly autonomous, with a virtual driver named Eleanor chauffeuring its passengers in quiet luxury.
Eleanor is designed to respond to passenger requests, adjusting all controls and facilitating all communications and connectivity. We anticipate a British accent.
Breaking from tradition, the Rolls-Royce concept has been designed as a zero-emissions vehicle. In typical Rolls-Royce fashion, the concept envisions use of the finest materials hand-crafted to create an opulent interior.
(BMW Group with photos via BMW Group)