BMW Displayed a slew of technological developments and projects at NextGen, exploring what is technically possible in the future realms of the automotive industry. The BMW Group presented projects such as the trial vehicle Power BEV, Vision M, eDrive Zone feature, BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster among others.
The NextGen infotainment platform at BMW Welt is a standalone event concentrating on personal mobility solutions made by the BMW Group, and adds another regular fixture to the calendar of car shows / technology & future-focused trade events around the world which the company already attends. The company’s latest technological advances in the fields of design, autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services were showcased here.
The BMW Group trial vehicle Power BEV was presented during NextGen explores what is technically possible. The vehicle is fitted with three 5th generation electric drive units and boasts of a maximum system output in excess of 530 kW/720 hp, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in under three seconds.
The development team was looking to build an experimental vehicle that would impress in terms of longitudinal dynamics as well lateral dynamics. The vehicle has been designed to be fast in a straight line and sharp in corners. To achieve this, the chassis and powertrain engineers have worked together to maximize the vehicle’s performance. Key to this is the two electric motors on the rear axle that can be controlled separately. This brings e-torque vectoring into play, enabling maximum drive power that can be translated into forward propulsion even in extreme conditions.
The results are more effective and precise with a limited slip differential, as actively targeted inputs are possible in any driving situation. By contrast, a limited slip differential always reacts to a difference in rotation speed between the driven wheels.
BMW Vision M Next
The BMW Vision M Next foresees a future where drivers will be able to choose whether they wish to be driven or to drive themselves. The BMW Group revealed its take on how driving pleasure might look in the future for those who enjoy taking over the wheel. Intelligent technologies on board provide a comprehensive and carefully targeted assistance to turn offer enhanced driving dynamics.
Hosting the world exclusive premiere of the BMW Vision M Next at NextGen, BMW also showcased the Vision iNEXT that illustrated how autonomous driving is set to transform life on board our vehicles. The BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates futuristic technology that will also make the experience of driving yourself a purer and more emotionally engaging experience. In both models, the focus is firmly on the people inside. Design and technology make the ease and boost experiences more naturally and more intense.
Increased quality of living in cities and additional customer benefits for BMW plug-in hybrids.
With the introduction of the fourth generation BMW plug-in hybrid models, new and innovative features will soon to be launched, helping maximize the distance covered using electric power. In this way, the BMW Group is clustering expertise in the field of eDrive technology and digitalisation in a bid to promote an emission free and low noise drive experience in urban environments. Presented today for the first time at NextGen, the BMW Group’s the latest innovations, enable drivers of BMW plug-in hybrid models to contribute actively in enhancing the quality of living in urban environments. Users also benefit from attractive premiums and can compete with other users for fun.
To make cities more suitable for human beings, rather than cars, countries are considering imposing access limitations on vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. In light of this, the BMW Group has consistently advanced its operating strategy for plug-in hybrid models. If cities enforce designated environmental zones for emissions-free driving only, this can be automatically detected in future using geo-fencing technology. On entering such zones, vehicles can automatically switch to purely electric mode. Making optimum use of the potential offered by plug-in hybrid vehicles. The novel operating strategy constitutes a significant additional boost in terms of the potential of plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce emissions. The function BMW eDrive Zones will be a standard feature in BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles as of 2020
Fully charged, two years ahead of schedule: BMW Group steps up the pace of e-mobility expansion
Accelerates along its Future Highway 2025, the BMW Group is upping the tempo of its electromobility expansion programme. The company is slated to achieve the total of 25 electrified models in 2023, these were previously announced to be achieved by 2025. Owing to the flexible vehicle architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine drive trains, the company is able to respond quickly to changing conditions. The company stated more than half of the 25 models will be fully electric. Further, the company has also outlined electrified vehicle sales will increase by an average of 30 % every year, close to 2025.
Autonomous driving at the BMW Group
In the urban on-demand mobility scenario, a BMW 7 Series has demonstrated how high automation (Level 4) can transform the individual mobility of the future. An empty car, summoned by a smartphone app, drives up to collect its owner. The vehicle can be directed to any preferred pick-up point, using a smartphone.
In Level 4 automation, occupants don’t need to be directly involved in the driving process. The drive is initiated using an ODM tablet. The destination address is transmitted to the vehicle through a smartphone app in advance and the driving seat remains empty. To keep safety, the drive will only begin once all occupants have fastened their seatbelts. Upon arrival at its destination, the passenger gets out and lets the car park itself.
To ensure safe driving in urban settings, the BMW Group has investing heavily in development of environment recognition technology with machine learning capabilities. The use of both high-performance sensor technologies like computer vision and innovative sensor fusion methods have been used, maximising the benefits of driver assistance systems for customers.