BMW has ramped up the tease on its upcoming electric, automated flagship, revealing the steering wheel of the iNext.
Given it's designed to be the brand's autonomous leader, a lot of consideration has been given to what's happening when the driver's hands are off the oddly-shaped wheel.
For one, BMW says the 'polygonal' design makes it easier to tell how much lock has been applied based on the wheel's position. Should the driver need to take control from the computers on the move, it means "they can detect the current steering angle instantly – both visually and by means of touch".
With optical fibres integrated into the side of the steering wheel, coloured signals can be used to communicate which drive mode is selected. Current BMW steering wheels feature small LED strips above the audio and cruise controls to warn drivers when they need to grab the wheel again, so this is a natural extension.
BMW says flattening the bottom of the wheel makes it easier to enter and exit the car, and to bend or stretch both legs when adaptive cruise is active.
Along with its edgy steering wheel, the iNext will have a curved infotainment display designed to offer a more natural, ergonomic experience than current systems.
Production for the iNext will begin in 2021. The car will launch with around 600km from its fifth-generation electric drivetrain, and a distinctive design inspired by the iNext concept.