German car companies are extremely protective of market turf, and if one manufacturer stakes a claim on new territory, the others are loathe to let that claim go unchallenged.
The future is looking brighter for motorcyclists thanks to the visionaries at BMW Motorrad who want to “make life a ride” with the VISION NEXT 100 concept, a nifty, self-balancing motorcycle that doesn’t require a helmet. Yep, all you need is a pair of high tech data glasses and some biker gear borrowed from an episode of “Star Trek” or “Aeon Flux.”
Low-slung and as technically advanced as a Tron light cycle, the BMW Titan motorcycle concept is Turkish designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem‘s notion of a futuristic BMW-powered land speed record bike, suitable for runs on the Bonneville salt flats of Utah.
At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in La Vegas, BMW will show a “Vision Car” concept featuring an interior that has a touchless multimedia interface called AirTouch. This allows the screen in the car to be used like a touchscreen without making contact with the surface by using sensors that record hand movements between the central console and an interior mirror. AirTouch is essentially an expansion of the gesture control system that’s now found in the 2016 BMW 7 Series.
Should I be slowing down in that case that upcoming green light turns yellow? How long am I going to be stopped at this red light? These are questions all drivers ask but never really expect to get answers to—unless they’re driving a BMW, now.
Apple and BMW may eventually have more in common than just some features in your car’sinfotainment system. Sources for both Reuters and Manager Magazin understand that the two companies have had “exploratory talks,” including a trip by Apple executives to Leipzig to see how BMW builds the i3. Apple reportedly likes that BMW rethought the conventional car manufacturing process for its electric vehicle, and might use what it learned to help make its own EV. While BMW claims that there aren’t any active talks about jointly developing a car, a Reuters tipster hears that the firms may revive talks (not necessarily to co-produce a vehicle) later on.
The covers came off the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept at the 2015 Concorso d’Elegance Villa d’Este over the weekend, and there’s much more to the lime green two-door than that oversized rear wing. There’s a smaller, roof-mounted spoiler, also lime green. Plus more swoops and curves than we can count. Most of those are lime green as well. Add in a racing-inspired interior that manages to make room for a luxuriant swath of hardwood on the dash and you’ve got a very striking concept fueled by some serious performance heritage.