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BMW announced a concept car today that will be on display this year as part of the company’s 100-year anniversary celebration. The car, a sedan that BMW is calling the “Vision Next 100," eschews excessive homage to the past and leans hard on a future-focused aesthetic. It almost looks as if the car is wearing one of those gold-and-silver jumpsuits that will be the uniform of the citizenry in 2100.
In a statement, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger said that the concept was meant to embody how BMW is looking forward to the next century of auto trends. “We have demonstrated on many occasions throughout our history that we are capable of learning fast and taking bold steps,” Krüger said.
The Vision Next 100 is a vehicle with both autonomous and manual driving options, something that’s been popular in concept cars from automakers in the past year (check out our article on Volvo’s autonomous/manual hybrid car for reference). It seems automakers are anticipating a world where autonomous driving is an option, but not the only option. In the future, dealers can still up-sell customers on how well a car drives because customers won’t want to be driven by a computer all the time, or so luxury automakers are betting.