It’s officially one-hundred years of BMW. To celebrate, the car manufacturer has unveiled its new shape-shifting autonomous car with artificial intelligence.
BMW are attempting to predict what cars might become for drivers in the future. Enter ‘driverless vehicles’ with ‘artificial intelligence’ that shape shift and can learn to predict passenger behaviour. Talk about blowing the competition away!
Regarding shape-shifting BMW are exploring what they call ‘Alive Geometry’. What this entails is that driver and vehicle are in constant communication. Using shape-shifting triangles a car could, for instance, shift from its ‘original colour’ to ‘red’ when danger presents itself. Such physical signals could happen in real time offering advanced warning of imminent danger.
Regarding drivers and passengers, the BMW concept car offers two modes of driving called ‘Boost’ and ‘Ease’. In BOOST mode, the driver takes control. The seat and steering wheel alter position to satisfy the driver (done of course via a gesture) and the whole windscreen becomes a display cockpit. In EASE mode, the car steering-wheel and driver console retract and seating adjusts to a more comfortable reclined position. The driver/passenger is now free to browse the internet, watch movies and get social! BMW’s imagination stretches as far as to offer a ‘Companion’ (a gemstone-shaped component at the heart of the car) that monitors all driver behaviour with the aim of mimicking it.
The BMW concept car has in fact been built to show what it would look like in reality. Its exterior is copper-coloured and features large wheels positioned at the outer edges of its sleek body. Carbon-fibre is the material of choice, forming the panels with interior furnishings made from recycled and/or renewable materials.
One last feature is that sensors within the vehicle can detect an owner’s approach and automatically open the wing doors. Effortless, smart, curvaceous, environmentally conscious…the total package! Check out the vid! Go BMW!