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BMW’s Geneva auto show concept car will have a range of new infotainment features

BMW will show a concept at the Geneva auto show that is positioned as “a mobile component in a networked world.”

The German premium-car maker said its Vision Connected Drive will demonstrate with its technology how the company is improving comfort, safety and enjoyment of in-vehicle infotainment.

The two-seater roadster will have sensors integrated into headlights and rear lights that will assist in monitoring traffic and the environment. Antennae will transmit information to the outside world and capture navigation data.

BMW said the concept will have an enhanced head-up display that will provide a three-dimensional view of information and icons. The company said in a press statement that the system will provide “an optical fusion of the actual view of the road ahead with virtual content.”

Passengers will also have additional functionality in the BMW Vision Connected Drive through the addition of intelligent networking. They will be able to get information or address details online and have the option of forwarding them to the driver’s instrument panel.

“The design and technology of this spectacular roadster are aimed at making the vehicle and integral part of a networked world,” BMW said.

Next to its concept car, BMW will also show the 320D EfficientDynamics Touring Edition, which features a four-cylinder 163bhp diesel engine with average fuel consumption of 4.3 liters per 100km and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

And the carmaker will unveil the BMX X1 xDrive 28i with a new turbocharged 2.0 liter gasoline engine.

Underscoring its drive to launch a range of electric vehicles, BMW will also show its ActiveE model, its second electric test vehicle after the Mini E. The ActiveE is based on the BMW 1 Series Coupe.