December 15th, 2015

BMW's Mini created a futuristic concept electric car that looks like a living room inside and has seats that can turn into a daybed

Mini Vision Urbanaut conceptBMW Group

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BMW Group's Mini has unveiled the Mini Vision Urbanaut, a concept living room "retreat" on wheels. 

The concept electric vehicle is filled with futuristic and fantastical elements, from changing interior layouts to a front dashboard that can transform into a daybed when the car is parked.

However, lounging spaces don't stop at just the daybed: the vehicle's entire interior is reminiscent of a bright living room with set floor plans, furniture, and even a plant. There's also room to sit on the floor when the single sliding door is open. 

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"In the MINI Vision Urbanaut, we extend private space far into the public realm, creating completely new and enriching experiences," Head of BMW Group Design Adrian van Hooydonk said in a statement on the news release announcing the concept vehicle.

According to BMW, the concept vehicle was “designed from the inside out.”BMW Group

Source: BMW Group

The vehicle is taller than a typical Mini but sits at 14.6 feet long.BMW Group

Augmented reality systems were used to create the digital version of the Vision Urbanaut, according to its maker.BMW Group

Source: BMW Group

The single entry sliding doorway sits on one side of the vehicle, removing the need for any additional doors.BMW Group

The car can be opened using smartphones, and points of interests are customized for the passengers.BMW Group

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