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BMW outlines their Autonomous driving roadmap

2018-05-18 10_18_26-Autonomous driving. What you need to know in 2018. – YouTube

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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Ryan Tuerck takes on DevBot Autonomous car on the Formula E Rome street circuit Roborace

2018-05-12 14_34_04-RYAN TUERCK_ Pro Drifter vs Autonomous Car in Human + Machine Challenge – YouTub

There has been a lot of news lately regarding AI and we have suddenly come to realize that our current impressions of Siri and Alexa are not close to what state of the art AI is capable of currently. Ryan Tuerck, a Pro Drifter goes to the Formula E Rome street circuit to participate in Roborace to take on DevBot, an autonomously controlled electric race car. Ryan does a pretty good job handling the massive torque this machine puts out considering the little seat time he was given and manages to navigate his way to the finish line. DevBot on the other hand performed amazingly, but in the end comes up short allowing humans to retain superiority, for now.


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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 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

2017-11-27 01_17_32-BMW Group electrification strategy for Fifth-generation for 2021 – YouTube

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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Tesla Semi test mule caught on video for the first time


Elon Musk had originally announced the Tesla Semi was set to be unveiled in September, then later he pushed it back to October 26th due to reallocating resources for fixing Model 3 production bottle necks. So while we wait for the next big thing in the commercial trucking industry, we have came across a close up of the Tesla Semi test mule caught in action. These are not your ordinary diesel highway tractor sounds:

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2019 Range Rover Sport P400e hybrid goes on sale in US Summer 2018


Range Rover has put a sales time frame on its plug-in hybrid Range Rover, settling in on Summer of 2018 for the US starting around $80,000 USD.

Here are some quick specs:

  • Total power / torque output: 404PS (297kW) / 640Nm
  • Combined NEDC fuel economy: 101mpg
  • Combined NEDC CO2 emissions: 64g/km
  • Electric-only range: 31 miles (51km)
  • Rapid charging time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • New flagship 575PS Range Rover Sport SVR completes 0-60mph sprint in only 4.3 seconds
  • Available to order from Land Rover retailers now, priced from £61,315 (OTR).

One notable point is the default Parallel Hybrid mode, which combines the gasoline and electric motors with different charge management options. The P400e also has an EV mode, which gives an all-electric range of 31 miles powered by a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. The gasoline engine is a 2.0 liter flavor and is longitudinally mounted.

Full charge can be achieved in 2 hours and 45 minutes coming from a 32 amp source, and 7 and a half hours from a 10 amp home charging cable.

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