BMW testing Mini concept that changes colour to suit driver mood
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It is the ultimate in customisable cars - one that recognises its owner and automatically adjusts its seats, colour and driving style as they approach.
BMW's Mini concept can even change colours during a drive, depending on the driver's mood.
The firm first showed the radical prototype earlier this year - but now it appears it may actually make it.
Dubbed the MiniVision Next 100, the car design claims to focus on combining environmental responsibility and futuristic technology.
BMW has been producing cars for 100 years, from the iconic Mini series to the luxurious Rolls-Royce.
To celebrate their centennial birthday, the company designed three futuristic concept cars that they believe will be the future of motoring.
Now, it is claimed BMW and MINI have successfully developed the car that changes colours based on the driver’s mood.
According to Bloomberg, it recently showed off a prototype to staff. at a special training event at a Munich test track
'In the corners, BMW shows off the vehicles it sees as key to its future: a self-driving iNext with a retractable steering wheel; a Rolls-Royce whose roof and sides swing open to allow a comfortable exit; a Mini designed for sharing that changes colors to suit the driver’s mood,' Bloomberg says.
When the car was first revealed, Andy Warming, Head of the Mini Design Studio, said: 'The Mini of the future embodies a totally new form of shared mobility - sustainable, emotional and inspirational.
'The driving experience forms the centrepiece and is surrounded by other intelligent services.'
The idea for the future mini will be around sharing rather than owning.
On their website, BMW said: 'The Mini of the future no longer waits all day for its owner, but is always on the move as a mobility partner for a Mini community.
'[It] harnesses its intelligence to tailor the mobility experience to the differing needs of each and every customer.'
The car features personalisation options for each driver and a self-driving mode so it can drive itself between co-owners.
A large focus for BMW in the future is on environmental responsibility, so the Mini makes use of recycled plastic and aluminium in the floor area, roof lining, and side-panel.
The vehicle is also wrapped in a material that allows it to change colour from the default silver, to whichever colour the driver would like.
In fact, the car will be able to recognise users and change its settings accordingly.
BMW said: 'The Mini will acquaint itself with the schedule for the day, the next few stop-offs on the route and the driver's preferences.
'It then adapts the whole greeting process, the lighting etc. and all the car's pre-sets accordingly.'
The future Rolls-Royce has also been unveiled, which will be a six metre, self-driving vehicle, complete with a smart assistant called Eleanor.
All three vehicles are still concepts, and none are expected to go on sale any time soon.
However, their ideas give us a glimpse into what the future could hold for the car industry.
- Daily Mail