BMW has showcased its Concept Link scooter at the 2017 Frankfurt Show, which promises to change the way we look at electric scooters. We're slowly moving towards a world where everything in our lives is connected to the digital world, so why should our vehicles be left out. The BMW Concept Link connects everything, not just the scooter itself, but the rider and his gear including the helmet to the digital world. Imagine your scooter knowing where your next appointment is, and deciding the best route for you to take and playing music suited to the occasion. How cool is that?
The BMW Concept Link scooter envisions a connected two-wheeler where the vehicle, rider and rider's gear is all connected to the digital world
The BMW Concept Link replaces the conventional instrument cluster with a display integrated into the windscreen that will offer information like battery status, speed and navigation directly in the rider's field of vision. A secondary display below the handlebars will offer more information that's not important or relevant on the go. All information is controlled via touch-sensitive buttons on the handlebar. What's more, the BMW Connect Link will be able to communicate with other vehicles on the road too! The scooter will also come with a special connected jacket, that will help the rider communicate with the scooter merely using hand gestures, something we're already seeing in the current generation BMW 5 Series and 7 Series. For instance, a specific movement of the arm will see the storage compartment slide itself open or shut.
The BMW Concept Link's instrument console and switchgear are as radical as it gets
Most importantly, the Concept Link is a zero-emission, all-electric scooter and uses a pack of batteries that lie flat in the floorbed, thus ensuring all the weight stays low. Power is sent to the rear wheel only, using a final belt drive and the Connect Link will also feature stuff like a reverse gear and a length adjustable seat. In typical BMW fashion we expect it to boast serious acceleration and handling abilities, which should set new benchmarks in the electric scooter space and also have other manufacturers sit up and take notice.
The BMW Concept Link's batteries sit in the scooter's floorbed.