This is BMW’s latest Vision concept car which is being described as something out of the movie Tron. Most cars have computers that receive information and are not actually engaging in dialogues. BMW’s Connected Drive system, currently on display at the Geneva motor show, has many interesting features that you won’t find in your average Hyundai or Honda. Ultimately, it’s supposed to connect to a driver’s desktop or mobile device, probably as some sort of crazy app. I can only imagine what a “My Car” app could do: start warming it up while I’m still in the shower, send it to grocery store for sugar…? This is actually a great feature if someone is in the car a lot because appointment reminders could be sent to your car as well as your mobile device. Soon there will be no escape from work!
This car is also supposed to be able to talk to other cars up ahead and let you know that they’re reporting bad road conditions then pass the information on to other cars and their drivers. (Sounds a little more like Terminator than Tron to me). The satellite navigation system will start reporting obstacles in the road instead of just telling you how to get where you’re going, which I’m sure will greatly cut down in the amount of roadkill that happens. Parking the car will be easier as it can give you exterior video angles on an in-dash monitor or you could even stand outside the car and park it remotely.
Of course, BMW isn’t the only one with talking cars. Mercedes has one that tells you when you’re tired! I’m sure just about everyone who watched Knight Rider back in the day wanted a smart car that they could have a conversation with. Hopefully, you’ll get a choice in what kind of voice you want the car to have. I always thought Kit’s voice was a little too femme …
BMW Vision Connected Drive Trailer