2011 BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept
With the exception of the crazy concepts found at the Tokyo Motor Show, Geneva is often where you find some of the most original ideas and designs on the yearly auto show calendar.
BMW are continuing this tradition with their Vision ConnectedDrive concept car, which is due to be shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March. The ConnectedDrive is BMW's interpretation of a car fully integrated into the networked modern world.
Featuring an asymmetric roadster bodystyle that still has hints of ex-BMW design boss Chris Bangle's influence in the creased bodypanels. The body is designed to reflect the technology within, the strips of fiber-optic lights breaking free of the cabin to become part of the exterior and the windscreen glass seemingly splitting through the hood.
Three layers of technology
The Vision ConnectedDrive features technology divided into three layers and each is distinguished by a corresponding light installation.
The first layer is safety, represented by a red ring of light wrapping around the passenger cell and extending down the hood, which BMW says represents "the flow of safety-specific information and the driver's focus on the road ahead". Blue lighting encompasses the red layer and represents 'infotainment', promoting "active social exchange". The final layer is all about comfort, and uses green fiber optic lighting which (perhaps predictably) emphasises the environment outside the vehicle.