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Review: BMW i-Next

BMW i Next, is another concept of German concern that is scheduled for production by 2021. The i Next could become the ultimate self-driving electric luxurious car.

Harald Krüger, the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG stated at 96th Annual General Meeting of BMW AG in Munich on May 2016:

“In 2018, we will launch a BMW i8 Roadster. This will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i NEXT, our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road.”

“The discussion about e-mobility is an emotional one, but the decisive factor is that we move things forward.”

As of now, BMW doesn’t specify the look and design of the BMW i Next. However at a celebration of the Munich-based automaker’s 100-year anniversary, BMW unveiled its futuristic Vision Next 100 that features a steering wheel that folds away when the car is switched to an autonomous “Ease” mode.

Please read all our BMW Electric Cars reviews.

 

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Enhanced connectivity
  • The use of artificial intelligence
  • The development of autonomous driving

1 User Review on “BMW i-Next”

  1. StephenSD
    BMW VISION NEXT 100: Will There Be A BMW Of The Future?
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    We are being swept along by ever-strengthening tides of technology, pushing the automobile into a seemingly inevitable autonomous future. In this coming era of self-driving transportation pods, what will distinguish one pod from another? How will automotive brands still be relevant when there is no apparent difference between one pod and another?

    You can be sure that all the major automakers are having nightmares over this scenario. Will there be any point to individual vehicle ownership when we reach full autonomy? Will it even be possible for individuals to drive a car when the entire road system is automated? Will Uber own the entire vehicle fleet, sending us their own branded pods in response to our phone app requests?

    This is a chilling thought to a manufacturer like BMW, the maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine! The BMW VISION NEXT 100 is the Bavarian carmaker’s attempt to transition from its first 100 years to its next 100, without abandoning its core concept of Sheer Driving Pleasure.

    The BMW VISION NEXT 100 is not a thinly veiled production car masquerading as a concept. BMW has given a lot of thought to how it can best adapt the brand to the rapid technological changes we are experiencing. The BMW VISION NEXT 100 is the result of that process.

    Unfortunately, precisely seeing what the next 100 years will bring is problematic. In the words of Niels Bohr, the father of quantum physics, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

    The BMW VISION NEXT 100 is designed around four basic principles. Each is central to BMW’s identity, now and in the future:

    A Genuine BMW Is Always Driver-Focused – this means that BMW believes that individuals will be able to drive their cars when they choose to.

    Artificial Intelligence And Intuitive Technology Become One – the technology in our cars will get to know us and anticipate our needs, creating a closer relationship between man and machine.

    New Materials Open Up Breathtaking Opportunities –production technologies will move past traditional mass production techniques to 4D printing and rapid manufacturing methods that open up new worlds in vehicle design.

    Mobility Will Remain An Emotional Experience – BMW plans to keep the driver in the forefront and maintain the connection between man and machine.

    A Concept Car That Is Much More Concept Than Car
    The key point to take away from the BMW VISION NEXT 100 is not the huge pile of hypothetical technobabble that is used to describe it. Rather, it is the existential dilemma that BMW and similar automakers are facing as we prepare to enter the third decade of the twenty-first century.

    Looking past the next twenty years, will there be a place for luxury or performance cars in a self-driving future? If autonomous cars talk to each other and never exceed the speed limit, what is the point of high performance? And if the driver is no longer driving, what will be his relationship with his car? It may become one more functional but sterile gadget, like a smartphone is today. It may still be useful, but will you care about it? BMW hopes that we will.

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