CES 2020: BMW Group reveals its future mobility concepts

By Divyank K. Bansal | on January 13, 2020 Follow us on Autox Google News

BMW has revealed multiple concepts & technologies at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show that will go on to grace its vehicles in the near future. The technologies focus on some important themes, ranging from the use of sustainable materials to autonomous mobility.

BMW i3 Urban Suite

The BMW i3 Urban Suite (shown in lead image) has been designed to offer a tailor-made mobility experience to passengers. To achieve this, the car's interior has undergone heavy modification and only the driver's seat & dashboard have been left untouched. The conventional passenger seat has been replaced by a laid-back lounger-style seat with a dedicated footrest (made using recycled materials). BMW claims that 'the aim was to create an inviting space with a high feel-good factor in which to spend time – the perfect place for relaxing, enjoying in-car entertainment or focusing on work in a laid-back setting.' Other modifications include a flip-down screen placed in the headliner and a personal 'Sound Zone' (perhaps a sound system with relocated speakers for better sound distribution). 20 examples of the BMW i3 Urban Suite were deployed at the show to provide a first-hand experience to visitors.

BMW I Interaction Ease

BMW i Interaction EASE

BMW i Interaction EASE

The BMW i Interaction EASE offers a glimpse into the future of urban autonomous mobility. Apart from using touch control, gesture control and natural speech to converse with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the BMW i Interaction EASE, in addition, offers more capability thanks to a new 'gaze detection' system. The system works via the vehicle’s artificial intelligence that detects when a passenger fixes their gaze on an object outside the car and offers them relevant information on it or other ways to interact with it.

BMW X7 ZeroG Lounger

BMW X7 ZeroG Lounger

Like the i3 Urban Suite, the ZeroG Lounger Concept for the X7 SUV comprises of a large, reclined seat that offers the brand's 'recline & relax' experience. The ZeroG Lounger seat can be tilted back by 40 or 60 degrees and features an integrated seat belt that adjusts as per the reclined seat position. The ZeroG Lounger also includes a 'cocoon' airbag that's capable of providing wraparound protection.  The ZeroG Lounger even gets a wireless smartphone charging holder that ensures the phone's screen is always facing the passenger at a comfortable angle, irrespective of the degree of seat recline. BMW claims the ZeroG Lounger meets all required safety standards. Moreover, the ZeroG Lounger has been confirmed for series production in the coming few years.

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