MUNICH -- BMW AG is celebrating its 100th anniversary with four concept vehicles that will give a glimpse into the future it envisions for all four of its brands -- BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce and Motorrad motorcycles.
The first was unveiled here last week as the BMW Vision Next 100 coupe, which has advanced driving-safety and navigation systems and can switch into an autonomous driving mode.
BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the concepts will display technologies that the automaker will develop in the next 20 to 30 years. But he declined all questions about the strategy he will lay out for BMW, saying details will be presented at the company's financial press conference here on Wednesday, March 16.
The sleek Vision Next 100, with its butterfly doors that open upward, has two modes. One is called Boost, and it assists the driver through semiautonomous technologies, providing an ideal driving line and seeing obstacles ahead. The second is called Ease, which puts the car into an autonomous mode.
The concept does not have a dashboard, buttons or display screen. Information is transmitted onto the windshield, which serves as a giant head-up display. The driver controls functions by voice or gestures.