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BMW Vision Next 100 concept is a copper-colored vision for the future (pictures)

What do you do when you're celebrating your 100th birthday? Why, you look ahead to the next 100 years.

Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally while still in school in the mid '90s, and since then has covered topics ranging from business process management to video game development to automotive technology.
Tim Stevens
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BMW Vision Next 100

Welcome to the future of BMW.

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BMW Vision Next 100

This is the BMW Vision Next 100 concept.

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BMW Vision Next 100

It's a vision for what BMW thinks will drive the next 100 years of transportation.

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It is surprisingly traditional in a lot of regards.

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Four wheels, four doors...

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...and four seats.

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But, the interior is a bit more radical.

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For example, the steering wheel disappears into the dashboard.

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But, it extends when the driver wishes to control the car himself.

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The styling is highlighted by these moving triangles.

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The car is said to have been "4D printed" -- that is to say, created of components that come straight out of 3D printers.

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The interior dynamically configures based on driving mode.

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The profile is long and low.

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Familiar, yet distinctive.

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There's lots of glass, so visibility should be good.

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And the traditional kidney grilles still appear on the front.

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Doors open high and wide.

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Seats shift and move depending on the driving mode, as well.

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Front passengers, for example, will have their seats tilted inward.

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Seats are simple, but starkly designed.

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The entire windshield serves as a heads-up display.

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Is this the future of motoring? We'll just have to wait and see.

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