If you want to know what carmakers will think of car driving in decades, look at this year’s CES, according tomedia. Technology shows are full of visions for the future of autonomous driving, and some of these technologies may come sooner than people think. The BMW i Interaction Ease concept car is one of them. It’s not actually a complete concept car, but a modified cockpit that shows what BMW thinks is the interior of a luxury car after self-driving cars become mainstream.
When approaching i Interaction Ease, the concept car recognizes the driver or passenger from a distance and greets it. After that, the lights will guide them into their seats.
The two seats can be seen in the car, which look series similar in size to a typical double seat, and it also features “smart materials” that give passengers a place in a floating world. Passengers can also play with smart glass covering the side of the body before departure or at any time in the vehicle. With a flick, it would change from a transparent glass to a privacy glass to block the curious eyes of the outside world — is that why BMW has previously seemed to suggest that self-driving cars would have sex?
Directly in front of the cockpit is a huge panorama with augmented reality (AR) and three separate modes – explore, entertain, relax. In the first mode, artificial intelligence can read human facial expressions and call up situation-related information; entertainment mode is similar to its name, when the display becomes a home theater-like device and adds the ambient light needed to watch television, movies, or other forms of entertainment; and relaxation mode certainly means relaxing when it is necessary to relax. At this point, the seat is activated and the passenger enjoys extra comfort, while the cockpit rotates to the opaque side of the side glass while playing a relaxing sound.
Although these will need to be achieved in the distant future, some of these new gesture controls may not be available. It is understood that gesture control functions are already present in some BMW models, such as HVAC systems.
Perhaps these technologies may soon be deployed in mass-produced vehicles, and as BMW says, some of the features of the iNext Interaction will be unveiled in 2021.