BMW is creating a full-screen head-up show for 2025’s Neue Klasse


A BMW i Vision Circular and a BMW I Vision Dee
Enlarge / On the left, BMW’s 2021 i Imaginative and prescient Round idea; on the precise, this 12 months’s i Imaginative and prescient Dee.


I am nearly unhappy to not be in Las Vegas for the annual Client Electronics Present, and for the second 12 months operating, that concern of lacking out is because of a brand new augmented actuality show for automobiles. Final 12 months, it was a brand new in-plane holographic optical ingredient show from Texas Devices that initiatives a picture onto the floor of the windshield, not like a standard head-up show, which throws a smaller picture out into area forward of the driving force.

This 12 months, it is a new BMW idea automobile that previews a few of the tech we’ll see within the firm’s Neue Klasse EVs, which is able to characteristic full-windshield augmented actuality after they go into manufacturing in 2025.

The idea known as the BMW i Imaginative and prescient Dee, with the “Dee” standing for “digital emotional expertise” slightly than suggesting that BMW designers are followers of It is All the time Sunny in Philadelphia.

This rendering gives you an idea of what the augmented reality windshield would look like. You can also see the driver using the mixed reality slider, which is "shy tech" that's hidden behind the trim on the dashboard and invisible when not in use.
Enlarge / This rendering provides you an thought of what the augmented actuality windshield would appear like. You too can see the driving force utilizing the blended actuality slider, which is “shy tech” that is hidden behind the trim on the dashboard and invisible when not in use.


It is a companion piece to the BMW i Imaginative and prescient Round we noticed in 2021. That idea explored extra sustainable manufacturing; this one tries out new human-machine interface concepts, together with a mixed-reality slider that lets drivers determine how a lot digital content material they need the automobile to point out them, with all the pieces from fundamental driving info to digital worlds being projected onto the home windows—after all, that mode is simply meant to be used with autonomous driving.

“With the BMW i Imaginative and prescient Dee, we’re showcasing what is feasible when {hardware} and software program merge. On this manner, we’re in a position to exploit the total potential of digitalization to rework the automobile into an clever companion,” stated BMW Chairman Oliver Zipse. “That’s the future for automotive producers—and, additionally, for BMW: the fusion of the digital expertise with real driving pleasure. On the similar time, BMW i Imaginative and prescient Dee is one other step on the street to the Neue Klasse. With this imaginative and prescient, we’re trying far into the long run and underlining the large significance of digitalization for our upcoming product generations.”

I am unsure how a lot the form of the i Imaginative and prescient Dee will translate to a manufacturing Neue Klasse sedan—BMW is planning a number of fashions and variations of the brand new EV platform, very like it did with the unique Neue Klasse sedans and coupes within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. However I hope the minimalist method to styling survives, as I discover the outside form slightly fetching.

Inside renderings present a heavy use of “shy tech,” one thing we first noticed from BMW with the Imaginative and prescient iNext, an idea that grew to become the manufacturing iX. BMW calls this “reductive design”; it hides contact controls behind trim and customarily makes them disappear from sight when not in use.

I am much less sure we’ll see a few of the Dee’s different concepts in manufacturing. Whereas full-windshield augmented actuality shows are within the works, till the appearance of precise autonomous driving programs offered in shopper automobiles (versus robotaxis like Waymo), I am unsure there will probably be demand for home windows that may dim to dam the skin world, though if the automobile can drive itself, turning that area into shows for the occupants might are available in fairly useful should you get caught in heavy site visitors.

Another look at the i Vision Dee's interior.
Enlarge / One other take a look at the i Imaginative and prescient Dee’s inside.


Nonetheless, the implementation within the Dee appears fairly intelligent, with a slider that the driving force can use to maneuver by way of 5 phases of knowledge show. Probably the most fundamental of those reveals the knowledge you’d want whereas driving—velocity, instructions, and so forth. Extra information-dense phases add in infotainment and communications, then augmented actuality, and eventually, that absolutely digital world that blocks out the true one (a minimum of quickly).

The Dee additionally options some exterior show tech, too. BMW is preserving its conventional kidney grille because the face of its automobiles, however right here, it is within the type of an energetic grille that closes off the nostril when cooling just isn’t wanted. The surfaces of the grille covers are e-ink shows that, along with the headlights, can create completely different “facial” expressions for the automobile.

It is not the primary time we have seen an thought for automobiles utilizing visible cues to speak with different street customers and pedestrians, and it is unlikely to be the final. The truth is, the whole automobile is roofed in e-ink panels—240 individually managed segments, every of which might show as much as 32 colours.

This video demonstrates the i Imaginative and prescient Dee’s e-ink physique panels.

“With BMW i Imaginative and prescient Dee, we’re exhibiting how the automobile could be seamlessly built-in into your digital life and turn into a trusty companion. The automobile itself turns into your portal to the digital world—with the driving force all the time in management,” stated Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. “Carried out the precise manner, know-how will create worthwhile experiences, make you a greater driver, and easily carry people and machines nearer collectively.”


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