MINI Vision Next 100 offers personalized form of future urban mobility

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 10, 2016

MINI has unveiled a Vision Vehicle that epitomizes what the marque considers as an entirely individualized, permanently available form of urban mobility of the future – the MINI Vision Next 100. Presently, the MINI is considered as the ideal premium compact car for the modern urban world. However, rapid changes have been observed, especially with the advancements in terms of digitalization and connectivity.

Personal mobility in the future would be greatly different from today, but MINI expects it to be defined according to the changes that continually occurs. With the new MINI Vision Next 100, MINI hopes to find the perfect response to those changes. The MINI Vision Next 100 is underpinned by a core philosophy that entails thoughtful use of Earth’s resources in providing personal mobility. Moreover, the motto "Every MINI is my MINI" depicts the brand’s take on the future of car-sharing. In this vision of the future, MINI sees its customers able to call on a MINI that suits their personal tastes anywhere and anytime.

This means that the MINI of the future would be able to pick up its driver at any hour and at any place in a fully automated manner and would be to adapt itself to his or her tastes, interests and preferences. This is where fully connected digital intelligence comes in.

Exterior Design

While MINI foresees that more and more people will be attracted to its vehicles and to the attitude to life associated with them, they may not need to own a MINI just to enjoy the kind of mobility that the brand promises. Thus, in designing the Vision Vehicle, the MINI design team was challenged to make a vehicle that would be widely and instantly adaptable to its driver.

This means that drivers, even when there’s a different owner, would be able to feel that the MINI has been tailored to suit their taste and they can access it whenever and wherever it’s needed. MINI has wrapped the MINI Vision Next 100 in a discreet, silver skin referred to by MINI designers as a "blank canvas." This canvass is “painted’ according to the personality and mood of each driver. The same is true with the color of the roof and lighting in the interior. The MINI Vision Next 100 employs projections suited to the driver -- in terms of color, graphics and content – to create and provide not only a personal experience but a package of on-board information that suits everyone’s particular needs and wants.

According to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, remarked that MINI is seeking to provide smart and bespoke urban mobility that engages the senses. He noted that in MINI’s vision of the future, it might be possible to enjoy the benefits of a vehicle without having to own one. Interestingly, the MINI Vision Next 100 features the so-called “Cooperizer,” referring to the centrally positioned circular instrument that is now a characteristic feature of MINI cockpits. This Cooperizer lights up like a kaleidoscope in the MINI Vision Next 100, with the generated colors and patterns symbolizing the vision car's multi-faceted digital intelligence that allows it to choose a personalized setting for each driver.

This setting covers entertainment, communications and even autonomous-driving options. MINI designed the Cooperizer to take in and consider inputs from the driver for its decision-making function, with the rotary controls enabling changes to the interior ambience and driving mode. This means that the MINI Vision Next 100 now has the ability to provide a personalized driving experience. Cooperizer also offers a special feature that is accessible by simply pushing the "Inspire Me" button. This will trigger the car to check downloaded user data to pick information of interest to the driver, thereby providing sources of inspiration. For example, the MINI Vision Next 100 might suggest that the MINI setup be configured for an artist who the driver holds in high esteem. Alternatively, the MINI Vision Next 100 might suggest that the driver take a challenging route and switch the MINI to John Cooper Works performance mode.

Of course, the driving fun that the MINI has been known for will still be offered with the MINI Vision Next 100. It will still be the famous urban go-kart that drivers would want to pilot as often as possible, simply because it is not only small and nimble but also greatly intelligent. After all, its ability to move speedily, nimbly and swiftly even in twist and turns is what makes a MINI a MINI. Even when in the autonomous driving mode, the MINI Vision Next 100 will still be conveying the same go-kart feeling, but it will be at a whole new level. Since the interior has been cleared of a number of controls and screens, it now sports an uncluttered look. This layout and the car’s glass front end offer drivers with a remarkable view of the road ahead.

The glass front end will feature augmented reality displays that show the intended route or the ideal driving line. As a MINI, the MINI Vision Next 100 features clever details while optimizing interior space within the smallest possible footprint. Thanks to its efficiently-packaged zero-emission drive system and the minimized need for crash zones in the future, the MINI Vision Next 100 has become as compact as the first MINI unveiled in 1959.

Interior Design

Inside, the roominess of the interior has been augmented by a full-width bench seat as well as by pedals and adjustable steering wheel. This steering wheel remains in place whether the user wants to drive the MINI Vision Next 100 or just sit comfortably as a passenger with the autonomous driving mode. Switching to autonomous driving would entail the driver to move the steering wheel into the central area -- between the driver and front passenger seats.

This would allow them to enjoy more interior space as well as enter and exit with ease. This effortless entry and exit is also apparent in the rear thanks to the single-section bench seat and a full-width footwell. When the MINI Vision Next 100 is being engaged in dynamic driving, active elements within the seat offer good lateral support for both the driver and front passenger. When the MINI Vision Next 100 is parked in a tight spot, its doors will open as wide as possible within the restricted confines.

When in self-driving mode, the MINI Vision Next 100 could be sent to a charging station, parking space, cleaning service or the next user – all without any occupant inside. The MINI Vision Next 100 is intrinsically created using only high quality sustainable materials that have aged stylishly and offer a special tactile experience. Since the MINI Vision Next 100 is pictured as a shared car, its interiors should be more durable and more hard wearing.

To this effect, MINI used modern materials made from recycled plastic and aluminum for the roof lining, side panel trim and floor area, as well as brass, basalt and cellulose. For instance, the wraparound carrier and information strip, the mount for the sliding steering wheel, and the thin structure for the Cooperizer are made from brass, while the storage net behind the steering wheel is made from lightweight basalt.

Meanwhile, the lower section of the seat features a trim made from recycled cellulose material. With this innovative use of materials, the MINI Vision Next 100 is able to develop a patina as time goes by while making sure they are able to keep a long-lasting yet sophisticated appearance.

Of course, these materials and processing methods have inherent irregularities in terms of their natural look and feel of surfaces. Instead of traditional interior materials like wood and leather, the MINI Vision Next 100 uses modern materials, just like knitted Alcantara for the seat covers. Moreover, the MINI Vision Next 100 features an analogue design like those found on its wheels.

The rotation of these wheels produces the so-called "Ombro Cinema" effect, which makes it seem that the outer surface is not moving while a disc behind it is turning along with the tires. Interestingly, the disc features a brass-colored shimmering graphic that can be seen through openings in the outside of the wheel – making each wheel look like a piece of mechanical jewelry.

Press Release

2016 Mini Vision Next 100

MINI is the perfect premium compact car for the modern city. Digitalisation and connectivity are increasingly changing the way we get around on a daily basis - and this change is taking place most rapidly and noticeably in urban areas. The MINI Vision Next 100 is MINI's answer to several key questions on urban mobility over the years ahead. In the cities of the future, will there be space for a car which engages at an emotional level? What will become of the "clever use of space" principle that underpins MINI? And how can MINI respond to a world becoming ever more digitalised and interconnected?

The core philosophy behind the MINI Vision Next 100 is the thoughtful use of the planet's resources in providing personal mobility. The motto "Every MINI is my MINI" describes a particular take on car-sharing. In the future, fans of the brand will be able to call on a MINI tailored to their personal requirements where ever they are, day or night. The MINI of the future will be available 24/7, able to pick its driver up from their desired location in a fully automated way and will adapt itself to the driver's individual tastes, interests and preferences. At the heart of this concept is fully connected digital intelligence.

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, describes MINI's vision for the future: "MINI looks to offer smart and bespoke mobility in cities that engages all the senses. And in the future, you might not actually have to own a vehicle to enjoy the benefits."

Clever approaches to future mobility with MINI:

"Digitally Mine" - where every MINI becomes my MINI
The "Cooperizer": a link between the driver and digital intelligence
"Urban go-kart": small, clever, nimble. The hallmark driving fun of a MINI will remain intact in the years ahead
Novel use of sustainable materials in the interior
Experience sharing - users become part of a MINI community
"Digitally mine" - where every MINI becomes my MINI.
In the future, as now, people will be attracted in great numbers to MINI cars and the attitude to life associated with them. But it may not actually be necessary to own a MINI to be part of the action. The design team's challenge: how could a MINI be widely and instantly adaptable - making the driver feel it is their car, tailored precisely to their own taste - available whenever and wherever they need it?

The MINI Vision Next 100 is wrapped in a discreet, silver skin. The MINI designers refer to it as a "blank canvas". How that canvas is used varies according to the individual user, their mood and the situations they encounter. Even the colour of the roof and the lighting mood in the interior respond in kind. The MINI uses projections adapted to the driver in terms of colour, graphics and content to create a personalised experience and customised package of on-board information.

The Cooperizer forms a connection between the driver and digital intelligence

The Cooperizer is the name the MINI Vision Next 100 gives to the centrally-positioned circular instrument that has become such a signature feature of MINI cockpits. In the MINI Vision Next 100 it illuminates like a kaleidoscope. The colours and patterns it generates symbolise the car's multi-faceted digital intelligence, which allows it to select a personalised setting for each driver, encompassing entertainment, communications and autonomous-driving options. On the move, the driver can influence the Cooperizer's decision-making, as the rotary controls allow adjustments to the interior ambience and driving mode. So the car can be adapted to give a perfectly personalised driving experience, whether driven conventionally or autonomously. Pressing the "Inspire Me" button brings another special Cooperizer trick into play. Here, the MINI checks downloaded user data to select information of interest to the driver and provide them with potential sources of inspiration. For example, the MINI Vision Next 100 might suggest the MINI set-up configured for an artist the driver admires and whose exhibition they have recently visited. Or it could recommend a challenging, twisting route to the outskirts of town and switch to John Cooper Works performance mode.

The urban go-kart - small, clever, nimble. MINI will continue to offer the driving fun we know and love in the future

In the future, driving in a MINI must still be fun, to the extent that drivers will prefer to drive themselves - as often as possible. The mechanical experience of speed and the feeling of nipping swiftly through twists and turns are part of what makes a MINI a MINI. But it doesn't stop there. In a future world of self-driving cars, this side of motoring may have an even more significant, even more special role. Various aspects of the MINI Vision Next 100 will take the go-kart feeling to another new level. Cleared of many controls and screens, the interior has a pure, uncluttered look. And the glass front end opens up a dynamic view of the road. Here, augmented reality displays show the route or ideal driving line, heightening the driving sensation.

In addition to these dynamic elements, dreaming up clever details and creating maximum interior space within the smallest possible footprint are other MINI essentials. The efficiently-packaged, zero-emission drive system and the reduced need for crash zones in the future enable a compactness of body not so far removed from the first MINI back in 1959. The generous feeling of cabin space is enhanced by a full-width bench seat and pedals that slide with the steering wheel to adjust their position. The steering wheel is always there, but the option remains, to ask the car to drive itself; perhaps there are things you'd rather do during a journey when the driving environment is tedious.

Autonomous driving plays an important role in the MINI Vision Next 100, allowing it to travel occupant-free to a charging station, cleaning service, parking space or the next user. To switch from driving themselves to autonomous driving, the driver simply moves the steering wheel into the central area between themselves and the front passenger. In the process, those on board enjoy greater freedom of movement and getting in and out of the car in busy city centres is that much easier. The single-section bench seat and a full-width footwell, uninterrupted by a centre console, also help this, allowing passengers to gain rapid access from both sides of the car - without having to decide in advance where they would prefer to sit. When dynamic driving is the order of the day, active elements within the seat provide lateral support for the driver and front passenger. Park the car in a tight spot, and the doors automatically open as wide as possible within the restricted confines.

Innovative use of sustainable materials

Making responsible use of resources is key in the selection of materials for the MINI Vision Next 100. These materials should retain their high level of perceived quality over many years, age stylishly and offer a special tactile experience. As digitisation increases, analogue qualities and experiences will become more important. With the more intensive use of a shared car, interiors will need to be much more hard wearing. In addition to the modern materials made from recycled plastic and aluminium in the floor area, roof lining and side panel trim, for example, the MINI interior designers used materials less commonly found in car cabins, such as brass, basalt and cellulose. The wraparound carrier and information strip, with its mount for the sliding steering wheel, and the Cooperizer with its thin brass structure are good examples here.

The designers made the storage net behind the steering wheel from lightweight basalt, while the lower section of the seat is trimmed in a recycled cellulose material similar to paper. This novel use of materials included deliberately allowing a patina to develop through use and ensuring they retain along-lasting and sophisticated appearance. When it comes to the natural look and feel of surfaces, the designers have embraced the irregularities inherent in the chosen materials and processing methods. That also applies to the seat covers in knitted Alcantara - a robust, somewhat iridescent material. The designers have steered clear of traditional interior materials like wood and leather altogether. Another example of analogue design in the MINI Vision Vehicle can be found in the wheels, whose rotation generates an "Ombro Cinema" effect: This involves the outer surface of the wheel not moving and only a disc behind it turning with the tyre. The even movement of a shimmering graphic - again brass-coloured - can be observed through openings in the outside of the wheel. The idea is for each wheel to look like a piece of a mechanical jewellery.

Experience sharing - the user becomes part of a MINI community

Sharing cars, homes and goods is ever-more common, as digitalisation, connectivity and artificial intelligence make processes simpler and more automated. The MINI Vision Next 100 can bring together a community of likeminded people, with a shared MINI lifestyle in common. Everybody benefits from everybody. And mobility opens up inspirational experiences yet stands by its sustainable approach and prudent use of resources.

For example, a MINI user in the future is interested in a certain type of art and a friend gets hold of some last-minute tickets to a preview for an exhibition they might like. The Vision Vehicle identifies what's involved, and coordinates and organises the whole excursion. The drive itself becomes part of a perfectly arranged service. MINI calls this vision of the future experience sharing.

Head of MINI Design Anders Warming sums up the most important aspects of the car: "The MINI Vision Next 100 shows how MINI's unique take on the world could look in the future. The driving experience remains the emotional centrepiece, with effortless and seamless services grouped around it."

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