As a woman who has a penchant for beauty and speed… attending BMW’s private VIP evening celebrating the company’s 100 Year Anniversary on the final stop of their VISION NEXT 100 exhibition in Los Angeles – was the perfect fusion.
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Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger was beautifully crafted; from the moment of arrival, to walking down the long red carpet, to the chic attendants offering sparkling wine and delicious bites (especially the lightly roasted baby asparagus spears; sea bass; seared tuna and mango puree!). Inside, the hangar hinted to the evening to come. A circular enclave was built within the room, it’s interior walls creating a 360 degree, high definition screen.
We were ushered to our front row seats and Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO BMW of North America started the stunning presentation.
Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad then sparked our imaginations with the premiere of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 – The Great Escape. A stunning, sleek, AI (artificial intelligence) motorbike. Self balancing and controlled by the rider’s visor with integrated bio feedback from light weight, body contouring clothing. Suddenly, the future we have only seen in multi-million dollar science fiction movies was a reflection of our daily lives.
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Next came the new, ultra luxury #visionvehicles – the driverless, deco-escque Rolls-Royce and the BMW Vision Next 100 sport coupe – that seems to breathe! And of course, what is likely to become a go to vehicle for most – the BMW Mini Cooper is too entirely adorable. You can dial it to be any color you wish, not to mention tell it to come pick you up and when you have arrived, tell it to go park itself!
Loved getting to share such an incredible view into the future with my brilliant group of men – leading man Bo Roberts (Change of Command; 300: Rise of an Empire), top celebrity photographer Dennys Ilic; award winning director TJ Scott (Gotham, ICE, Bates Motel, Queen of the South, Dark Matter, Orphan Black, Black Sails, Spartacus…) and our resident Grand Champion Motocross Racer & actor extraordinaire, Max Ryan (Rage, USS Indianapolis, Sex & The City 2).
We also had the great fortune to make new acquaintances whom I feel you may be hear much more about…. including two outstanding imports, actors Nick Bateman (Hobo with a Shotgun) and Zachary Fall (the ‘French’ boyfriend in Freeform’s series Guilt which also stars our most favorite Billy Zane).
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While the extraordinary creations are a working vision of what BMW anticipates our future lives to include, they are not available for purchase today or anytime in the foreseeable future. That said, they were an incredible gift of inspiring, encouraging us to look forward with excitement and anticipation – and realize that tomorrow is much closer than it appears today.