BMW goes geek with two tech-laden i8 concepts
Some would say the i8 was already light-years ahead of any competitors, but that’s not stopped BMW making its eco-supercar even more tech-heavy. In the form of the i Vision Future Interaction concept, it’s once again shown us what a potential i8 Spider might look like, while showing off its latest advances in infotainment: namely a 3D instrument panel, a next-gen head-up display, and a panoramic main screen that occupies half the width of the dashboard.
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Meanwhile, the i8 Mirrorless (BMW’s creative thinking clearly doesn’t extend to names) seeks to improve both safety and aerodynamic performance by replacing conventional mirrors with three cameras – one mounted on the rear window and two stalk-mounted to each wing – and merging the output into a single, seamless image displayed where the rear-view would usually be. In theory, this technology would eliminate blind spots while reducing aerodynamic drag created by bulky housings. Just like the i8 drop-top, it’s almost inevitable that this long-overdue technology will make it to market once the appropriate governing bodies have caught up.
Text: Thomas Imhof