Last week I wrote a bit about the future of cars according to BMW. This week it’s time to see how MINI thinks their cars might look like in a 100 years. First things first: a picture of the concept.
Though MINI envisions a future where cars are shared, their vision of the next 100 years is all about personalization. On the driver’s approach, the MINI Vision is designed to project a personal greeting and certain exterior parts like the roof will change to the preferred setting.
The most important part of the futuristic MINI is, however, the
round instrument in the center of the dashboard. This Cooperiser as MINI calls it is the heart and interface of the car. It’s also where the driver of the future can select their preferred drive mode.
What I like, again, about these Vision Next 100 designs is the fact that they still incorporate a steering wheel. Once again giving the driver of the future cars the choice between driving or being driven. Also, this feature can be personalized too: the wheel and pedals can be positioned wherever you’d want them to be. So no more problem taking your car to a right-hand drive country (or vice versa).
Of course even in the future, MINI’s cars are aimed at a different audience than BMW’s which shows clearly in the design. The MINI Vision Next100 is a funky little car for younger people. And I like it, because even though it is different, this design of what a future MINI car might look like is still obviously a MINI. They stayed true to their heritage while still making something new and exciting.