Dials, buttons and switches have disappeared while air vents were ditched in favor of climate-regulating fabrics. The vehicle can intuitively communicate with the driver through flowing movements on the dashboard surface consisting of around 800 individual triangles -- similar to a flock of birds changing directions. BMW calls it Alive Geometry.
"In a car, it can be dangerous to distract the driver for too long, so we look at products for inspiration, where the precise communication of information is important for safety," said Holger Hampf, head of user experience within BMW's design department. "If you look at the health care industry, for example, in order to save lives, content has to be presented in a way such that it is immediately understandable."