Concept MINI Cooper looks like a space shuttle on wheels
The MINI Cooper gets a decidedly futuristic new look in a video released this week for a concept vehicle the company calls MINI Vision Next 100. What's immediately apparent is that the car is personalized for each user, with interactive light messages greeting a new driver on the floor in front of the side door, as well as personalized messages on the dashboard.
Once you're ready to get inside, the steering wheel and gas/brake pedals slide over to your side of the door for convenience. Layered in mostly translucent plastic, much of it with changing exterior graphics, the most striking feature of the concept car is The Cooperizer.
The circular device looks a lot like the MINI's current dashboard display, except that this one is a light-based interactive control interface that takes the dash to the next level, allowing you to control speed, climate and other features. Of course, these are all just concept features, but if any of these changes make it into real MINI Coopers, the streets will suddenly get a lot more interesting.