Bmw shows the future of the car with a study at the geneva motor show

March) Vision Connected Drive concept study shown for the first time. The two-seater roadster with state-of-the-art technology sees itself as a "mobile component in a networked world".

Mini Rocketman.

VW Bulli.

Alfa Romeo 4C.

Audi A3.

Opel Zafira Tourer.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

BMW Vision Connected Drive Roadster.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Roadster.

VW Golf Convertible.

Opel Ampera.

Ford B-Max.

Skoda Vision D.

Ferrari FF.

Electric concept Smart Forspeed.

Lexus LF-A.

Spano.

Toyota Yaris.

Mercedes Benz SLK 250 BlueEfficiency.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG E-CELL.

Jaguar XKR-S.

Porsche Cayman R.

The Jaguar E-type (right.) celebrates its 50th anniversary in Geneva. Birthday. On the left the Jaguar XK convertible.

Saab Phoenix.

Hyundai i40.

Kia Picanto.

Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid.

Fiat Freemont.

Mercedes Benz SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY.

Aston Martin Virage. The study appears self-confident with its large radiator grille. The tapered front section on. Characteristic features are the long engine hood, which merges smoothly into the short windshield, the long wheelbase and the reclined seating position. Powerfully stretched surfaces are crisscrossed by striking lines. But in addition to appearance, individual components also perform additional functions: Sensors are integrated into the headlights and taillights to help monitor traffic and the environment. Obstacles can be detected. Where there would otherwise be exterior mirrors, there are now antennas that transmit information from the vehicle to the outside and also receive external data for navigation, for example.

Competition for the PS beauties: Models un celebrities at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Photo: obs

Competition for the hp beauties: Models and celebrities at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Photo: s

Competition for the hp beauties: Models and celebrities at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Photo: imago stock&people

Competition for the PS beauties: Models un celebrities at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The futuristic Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid is also highly equipped. Impressively illuminated interior. The driver has an enhanced head-up display in view, which uses three-dimensional representations of information and symbols to provide a visual fusion of the real road image with virtual content. Route guidance information is projected to where the opportunity to turn is located in relation to the current field of view. Depending on relevance, information is displayed in the foreground or background. In addition, the concept car has a freely programmable instrument cluster whose displays complement the overlays in the head-up display. The range of functions is designed to significantly exceed the display options of classic cockpit instruments.

New dimensions of interaction

But not only the driver is fully networked with the Roadster. The front passenger is also given additional media control options. By means of the so-called "Passenger Information Display it can, for example, evaluate information received online or address details for the navigation system's route guidance and forward them to the driver's instrument cluster if necessary. According to the manufacturer, this means that interaction between the driver and the vehicle. And connectivity with the environment takes on a new dimension.

Carl Benz's invention is unstoppable: In 2011, the number of passenger cars in the world exceeded one billion for the first time. Including two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, this figure is now already 1.3 billion. Over 60 million new cars every year. The following have been built to date … Photo: Mercedes-Benz

… Over 2.4 billion cars. The trade journal "ams" wants to have counted them exactly: 2.485.041.881. No matter how high the number gets, manufacturers are never satisfied, just like … Photo: WP

… Camille Jenatzy. The Belgian accelerated his "Never Satisfied" (in French, cars are female) to exactly 105.88 km/h in 1899. And this first car to go faster than 100 km/h was an electric car. The speed record for production vehicles is now held by …

… The Bugatti Veyron at 431 km/h. It is one of the rarest cars in the world. About the most built can be argued: Under the name … Photo: WR

… Corolla, Toyota has built over 35 million cars, although the ten generations since 1966 have nothing to do with each other. Between 1915 and 1923, every second car on the globe is … Photo: MSG

… One of 15 million Ford Ts, the first car produced on an assembly line. There is no arguing about the most built German cars: The VW … Photo: Matthias Erfmann

… Golf is clearly in the lead with just under 30 million units sold. But: Until the appearance of its Bochum-based competitor, the Opel Kadett A, the VW Beetle, which sold 21.5 million units in the 1950s, had a market share of over 50 percent; the Golf now has a market share of ten percent … Photo: picture-alliance / gms

Behind this is predominantly a car, which is occupied on average by only 1.3 people. A car journey in Germany is on average … Photo: catalog

… Twelve kilometers long. 50 percent of all trips are under five kilometers, 30 percent under three. Cars need roads for that: The entire road network in Germany is estimated at 630.000 kilometers estimated. And cars need … Photo: photo: Stefan nink

… Parking spaces: If all 50.9 million permanently registered motor vehicles were parked in one parking space, each occupying twelve square meters, a 25-by-25-kilometer square of Germany would be clogged up. The remaining 356.397 square kilometers … Photo: Hans Blossey

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… Remained vehicle-free. Cars need drivers: On 14. August 1893 the first driving test was allegedly taken in Paris. The Federal Motor Transport Authority estimates the number of German driving license holders at over 48 million. According to the Federal Association of Driving Instructor Associations …

… It goes by bicycle. There are about as many households without a bicycle as without a car: about one-fifth, Infas has determined. But Germans love … Photo: WP

… Their highways: At the 6. August 1932 the first 20 kilometers of German autobahn, the A 555, were inaugurated by the then mayor of Cologne, Konrad Adenauer. Now there are just under 130.000 kilometers. This means that the comparatively small Federal Republic … Photo: NRZ

… Over the third longest network in the world after the USA and China. Cars claim victims: The World Health Organization (WHO) counted around 1.3 million traffic fatalities in 2009. More than half of them … Photo: Stefan Kuhn

… Did not sit in a car, but were on the road as pedestrians and cyclists. For the first time, the Federal Statistical Office expects fewer than 4,000 traffic fatalities in Germany in 2010 – down from 4,500 fatalities in 1926. Back then, only around 100.000 cars and trucks on the road. Photo: ullstein bild – Werner OTTO

Filter the information with the so-called "Emotional Browser". Depending on the setting, this system only provides a certain selection of info on the environment currently being traveled, based on the mood of the occupants.

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