Along with research leading to self-driving cars, automakers also consider how we will spend our time in cars when we don't need to drive. BMW's Inside Future, a full-size car cabin concept, explores this idea.
BMW calls the Inside Future concept, unveiled at CES 2017, a sculpture. Unlike a traditional concept car, it only hints at exterior elements such as wheels hood, and the window openings lack glass.
The cabin contains four comfortable-looking, wide seats covered in a beige cloth, even adorned with a throw pillow in the second row. Rather than the bulky seats of modern cars, the Inside Future's seats use a slim design. The light colors and slim seats lend to the cabin's airy and open look.
A steering wheel remains ready for the driver to take control, as BMW imagines that its future self-driving cars will offer both automated and manual modes, called Ease and Boost in BMW parlance.
Rear seat passengers get tablet-style touchscreens mounted on armrests, while a long LCD stretches across the dashboard.
BMW's recently announced HoloActive control technology serves as the showpiece for the concept. With HoloActive, the car projects a 3D image of its controls over the console. Gesture control technology, already available in the BMW 7-series, lets drivers select infotainment and vehicle features without touching physical buttons or switchgear.
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