BMW is celebrating their 100-year anniversary in style, with futuristic vehicle concepts designed to wow and inspire. They just unveiled their BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, a zero emissions motorcycle offering a host of fancy connectivity features. As BMW unveiled the design in movie mecca Los Angeles, their Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 reminds many of the sleek superhero motorcycles that have zoomed across the big screen.
The Motorrad is made of carbon fiber and polished aluminium. A triangular frame hearkens back to BMW motorcycles of the past, such as the company’s first motorcycle, the R32, made in 1923. The futuristic motorcycle is equipped with a self-balancing function, to boost safety and stability.
The motorcycle was designed with an emphasis on balancing safety and freedom. The designers wanted riders to feel the wind without helmets or bulky protective clothing so they put a “digital companion” into the motorcycle to minimize crashes and enhance safety. The digital companion can intervene if necessary. Sensor technology built into the motorcycle provides information to ensure safety.
Instead of a helmet, Motorrad motorcyclists wear a visor that provides information from the motorcycle triggered by eye movements. If a rider looks up, they’ll see what they would see in a rearview mirror. If they look slightly down, they’ll be able to access a menu. Looking down further opens a map. If they look straight ahead, the visor clears so it doesn’t inhibit a rider’s view.
Wearables also augment the freeing experience. BMW designed light clothing that includes A/C and neck support provided via air. Vibrating elements on the arms of the superhero-like outfit offer navigational signals.
According to BMW, the Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 “catapults you into the 40s of the 21st century.” It is only display along with the other three futuristic vehicles in Los Angeles from October 13 through October 19.
Via The Verge