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BMW outlines their Autonomous driving roadmap

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Dramatic changes are coming for transportation and the way the technology is intertwined with the vehicles we drive is taking another massive step forward with autonomous driving. These autonomous capabilities range on a scale from 1 to 5 and BMW does a good job breaking this down along their timeline.

The Level 1 driving capability has been deployed by BMW for some time in the form of Active Cruise control featuring Stop and Go technology, collision and distance warnings.

Level 2 is currently in the field with newer 7 and 5 series and X3 which allows a driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel briefly.

Level 3 should arrive around 2021 and will allow a driver to completely remove their attention away  from the road, but will need to be available to take over at any moment.

Level 4 should arrive also in 2021 in the form of a pilot test and this may allow a driver to completely ignore the road but still be able to take over if necessary.

Finally, Level 5 will bring full autonomy and there will no longer be a driver, only passengers.


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BMW will use InnovizOne solid-state lidar technology

For those who have seen various self-driving vehicles roaming around, you may have noticed various sensors and spinning objects located on the sides or top of the vehicle. These are lidar sensors which is a light based mapping technology that provides accurate depth based mapping information. This is very useful when combined with other ultrasonic based proximity sensors and cameras. The 3D sensing lidar technology is a third sense if you will, as the alternative is to derive depth and other vital factors from the cameras alone which can carry their own limitations. The biggest problem with lidar sensors outside of their bulky packaging is their cost.  This new partnership with Magna and Innoviz Technologys may solve one or two of those issues due to the solid state nature of the InnovizOne.
Solid-state means there are no or virtually no moving parts inside, which translates to smaller packaging, lower prices and typically less complexity and higher reliability. The price is being projected at under $1000, which is good because the Chevy Bolt EV would require five of them.

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BMW unveils the iX3 at 2018 Beijing Motor Show

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The electrification of everything with wheels continues as BMW has unveiled its all-electric version of the existing X3 SAV dubbed, the iX3. This is a major milestone for BMW since it will be the first all-electric vehicle with a long range, previous electric models have relied on Range Extenders or hybrid powertrains of some sort. Sporting a 200kW electric motor and a 70 kWh battery pack, the iX3 should be able to carry you and your belongings approximately 250 miles, according to BMW.

This transition to long range, all-electric comes with the deployment of the fifth-generation eDrive powertrain which has consolidated the MGU(motor-generator unit), transmission and controller into a consolidated unit and contains no rare elements.


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BMW i3 and i8 may cease to exist as we know them today


In an interview with Automotive News, BMW officials said that the i3 and i8 vehicles were designed as “technological showcases” that may not have a future:

“These cars are very unique,” Juraschek said. “These two cars were not [developed] as a family that we can expand in different [ways] or maybe five or 10 derivatives.”

In my opinion, this doesn’t mean there will not be a car of the future wearing the i3 or i8 brand, but instead he might be trying to say that there won’t be a spiritual or design successor to the existing vehicles since they do not conform to their modular future.

It has already been stated officially the Vision Dynamics vehicle will be unveiled as the BMW i4, so it would seem very odd for the i3 and i8 brands to cease forever. The i4 is supposed to go head to head with the Tesla Model 3, and it would make sense to build other vehicles which could span the entire electric spectrum. They will be starting with the electrified version of the X3 which will be called the iX3, and it seems pretty logical that BMW will flesh out the rest of their vehicle line-up as they see some of the pieces come together.



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BMW rumored to change the i3 into the iX1

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BMW has already trademarked the iX1 name(all the way up to iX9) and it is rumored that they will be using this as a base for the electrified X series models. This means that in the 2022 time frame we may see an electric BMW X1 called the iX1, and it will be based on the i3 we have today. This gives room for the i3 to become a true competitor to the Tesla Model 3, but puts the actual electric X1 in a bind. When trying to rationalize the namine scheme, you’d think that the electric X1 should be called iX1, and it may be if they decide to call the current i3 the i1 or something like that. Regardless, they have quite a pickle on their hands in terms of their branding formula, at least from where we are sitting. If everything is to be believed, the i5 will actually be a cross over between the X3 and X5 sizes with four different battery capacities ranging from 60 to 130 kWh.


[Green Car Reports]

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BMW releases electrification road map, expect hybirds and full EVs starting in 2021


Manufacturers have been climbing the electrification ladder and BMW is no exception with their previous releases of the BMW i3 and i8. By 2025 BMW Group intends on having 25 different electrified models, which include the already announced i8 Roadster and electrified Mini. The iX3 will likely be the next BMW to have the covers pulled and perhaps even an i9 model.

BMW’s modular battery packs for plug-in hybirds will come in three different sizes also designated in the model name, “30e – 60 kWh, 40e – 90 kWh, 50e – 120 kWh” allowing ranges up to 70 miles. The 50e battery packs will be exclusive to the Luxury class vehicles, likely due to the range issues presented by their weight and size.


All wheel drive is optional on the ‘regular’ models while the performance models have it standard, with a torque vectoring option.

Electric power can range from 100 kW (136hp) to 300 kW ( 408hp) and accelerate from 0-100 km/s in less than 3 seconds. It also appears certain models will also be able to charge at speeds above 150 kW.

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BMW Group outlines their 5th generation electrification strategy for 2021

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This new video has been released by BMW which demonstrates the modularity of their new battery packs and combined motor and transmission unit. With ranges up to 700km (434 miles) and 100km for plug-in hybirds, they clearly have the sectors they wish to compete in carved out already. It would be assumed that they will be releasing an i5 model at some point, but it is unclear what they have planned for the larger battery packs as currently the i3 and i8 are both plug-in hybrids. One would think that eventually they will release an i5 which may suit more people in terms of vehicle size, and the idea of an all-electric model wouldn’t be too far off, particularly with the i Vision Dynamics concept which was announced recently.

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BMW demonstrates Wireless Charging on a 530e

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A charging pad is placed on the garage floor, which you would then drive over and it would fully charge a battery in 3.5 hours. You’ll get a pair of guided lines and a circular diagram which displays when you’re directly over the pad. Once you shut down the car, the charging will begin automatically.

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BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept Vehicle


BMW has announced the BMW i Vision Dynamics vehicle, its a coupe with a 600km range (373 mi) and does 0-100km/s in 4 seconds. This goes along with BMW’s plan to sell 25 different electrified models by 2025.

It has a fully glass roof without any cross supports and looks to be setup to be compatible with autonomous driving.

BMW has promised to bring this car to production, despite only being a concept.

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